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Musical Life in GuyanaHistory and Politics of Controlling Creativity$
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Vibert C. "Cambridge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460117

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460117.001.0001

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The 1990s: “Dessie, You Wrong! Dessie, You Wrong!”

The 1990s: “Dessie, You Wrong! Dessie, You Wrong!”

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Musical Life in Guyana

Vibert C. Cambridge

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explains that the dominant themes within Guyanese society during the early 1990s were economic recovery, divestment, privatization, “national dialogue,” and free and fair elections. There were many contributors to this discourse: international actors, including diaspora groups such as the Association of Concerned Guyanese; and domestic participants, including the Patriotic Coalition for Democracy. The elections took place in 1992 and music played a significant role in the campaigning. Generally, the 1990s saw artist development as a key activity, and one of the most successful innovators in this field was Wally Frazer's Vizion Sounds Promotions. The need to recognize Guyanese musicians became even more drastic in the early years of the twenty-first century, when several died in destitution. However, at the end of the century, Guyana had world-class musicians living in the diaspora.

Keywords:   Guyanese society, 1990s, Guyana, Association of Concerned Guyanese, Patriotic Coalition for Democracy, artist development, Vizion Sound Promotions, Guyanese musicians

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