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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 Rise of Ethnic and Class Consciousness: 1921–1930

The Rise of Ethnic and Class Consciousness: 1921–1930

(p.38) 3 The Rise of Ethnic and Class Consciousness: 1921–1930
Musical Life in Guyana

Vibert C. Cambridge

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter demonstrates that the period between 1921 and 1931 brought with it a proliferation of organizations, most of which represented racial and ethnic interests. These include the Chinese Association (1920), the Negro Progress Convention (1921), the British Guiana East Indian Association (1922), the Portuguese Club (1924), and the St. Andrew's Association (1929) for Scots. All of these organizations were led by members of the new middle class, and, in addition to providing for the social and cultural needs of their members, had strong political agendas. The ethnic organizations also contributed to the preservation and promotion of distinctive cultural expressions, including music. This expansion in music performace in urban British Guiana demanded competence in the European musical vocabulary and technique—a demand supported by music teachers and the bands associated with the colony's uniformed services.

Keywords:   ethnic interests, Chinese Association, Negro Progress Convention, British Guiana East Indian Association, Portugese Club, St. Andrew's Association, music performance, European musical vocabulary

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