Leader/lead singer of the South-based band Dinámicos, Francisca brought another element to the parang space.
The niece of the parang legend Sylvestre Mata, parang was always part of Francisca's musical experience. Her focus has been, and continues to be, placing emphasis on the Trinidad identity.
Dinámicos was formed in 1986 and became a member of the National Parang Association of Trinidad & Tobago (NPATT) in that same year.
Dinámicos typifies a unique style that has managed to bridge different musical genres.
Their musical repertoire includes (parang, soca/salsa, soca/merengue, soca/parang, parang/chutney, parang/dub, latin ragga/soca, parang/zouk, latin pop, original boleros).
Dinámicos went on to win first place in NPATT’S Annual National Parang Competition and first place in the Lopinot Parang Competition in 1986 (their inaugural year of competition).
Dinámicos spent six years overall in active competition. Some of their achievements include:
1986:- NPATT Finals – 1st place, Lopinot Parang Competition – 1st place
1987:- NPATT Finals – 3rd place, Arima Kiwani’s Competition – 2nd place
1988:-NPATT Mini Competition – 1st place, Paramin Parang Competition – 1st place;
NPATT Finals – 3rd place.
1989:- First Annual Parangorama – 2nd place, Paramin Parang Competition – 2nd place
1990:- National Parang Fiesta – 1st place. Champion Mandolin Player: Philip Allard
1991: - National Parang Fiesta – 3rd place, National Parang Queen 3/Parang Fiesta – Francisca Allard
Off stage, Francisca holds a Ph. D and is a freelance lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Spanish.
As a parrandera, she and her band have worked on two records: an LP, ‘Una Fúsion Musical’ in 1991 and a disco 45 ‘ Parang Nostalgia’ in 1992. Dinámicos have also produced five CDs: ‘Una Fúsion Musical/Parang Crossover All Year Through’ in 1996, ‘Latino Soca
Parranda’ in 1998, ‘Ritmo Caribeño’ in 2003, Dinámicos Hits and Parang Favourites in 2006 and Más Miel de Dinámicos in 2018.
Among the collaborations were Christmas Fire in 2002 and Christmas Parang in 2004 (CDs) as well as: ‘Parosin’ (Francisca Allard & Heeralal Rampartap): 2008; ‘El guarapo caliente’ (Francisca Allard & Claire Piper); 2009.
Dinámicos has won a number of national and international awards. A few of the
most prestigious are:
1. SUNSHINE AWARD : best soca/parang, with the song, ‘We
paranging now’.(1997)
2. COTT AWARDS: 2004: Parang Composer of the Year (Francisca Allard)
2005: Parang song of the Year - Yo quiero parranda (Philip Allard)
2006: Parang song of the Year - Yo me voy de parranda (Francisca Allard)
2007: Parang song of the Year - Baila mi amor (Francisca & Philip Allard)
2008: Parang song of the Year - Ábreme la puerta (Francisca & Philip Allard)



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753 calories per serving


10 garlic cloves, unpeeled

Olive oil cooking spray

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

600g lamb mince

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

1 carrot, finely chopped

1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1 tbsp instant beef gravy powder

400g can crushed tomatoes

2 cups Massel beef stock

800g cream delight potatoes, peeled, chopped

1/3 cup milk, warmed

30g butter, softened

Extra 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves


Step 1

Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place 8 garlic cloves on prepared tray. Spray with oil. Roast for 15 minutes or until tender. Stand for 10 minutes to cool. Squeeze garlic from skins into a bowl. Discard skins. Using a fork, mash garlic until smooth.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Crush remaining garlic cloves. Add to pan. Cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add mince. Cook, breaking up lumps with a wooden spoon, for 6 minutes or until browned.

Step 3

Add celery, carrot and rosemary. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until carrot starts to soften. Stir in gravy powder. Add crushed tomatoes and stock. Stir to combine. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender and mixture thickens. Season with pepper. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool.

Step 4

Meanwhile, place potato in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Boil for 12 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to pan over low heat. Add roasted garlic, milk and butter. Season. Mash until smooth.

Step 5

Increase oven temperature to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Divide mince mixture among 4 x 5cm-deep (11⁄4-cup-capacity) ovenproof dishes. Top with mashed potato and sprinkle with extra rosemary. Spray with oil. Place dishes on a baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until mash is golden. Stand for 5 minutes. Serve.


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