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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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Musical Life in Guyana

Vibert C. Cambridge

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explains this book's contribution to the study of the interactions between the national governance practices and musical communities in the Caribbean. Specifically, it examines these interactions in Guyana during the three political eras of its transition from being a British colony to an independent nation state. The term musical communities here refers to discrete musical traditions, instruments, and repertoire found in Guyana's urban, rural, and hinterland regions and reflects the nation's multi-ethnic heritage. To contextualize the phases of twentieth-century governance practices in Guyana, the book outlines some key aspects of the state's political, economic, social, and cultural life. These include the peopling of Guyana; governance of the society, specifically the urban-based ruling elite and the plantocracy; residential patterns and cultural life; and patterns of resistance to the colonial order.

Keywords:   national governance, Caribbean, musical communities, Guyana, multi-ethnic heritage, Guyanese people, urban ruling elite, plantocracy, colonial order

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