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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 American Presence: 1940–1950

The American Presence: 1940–1950

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Musical Life in Guyana

Vibert C. Cambridge

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on how the American presence in British Guiana aggravated an already complex domestic situation. At the most basic level, the physical conditions under which the majority of the population lived continued to be unsatisfactory. Despite these pressures, musical productivity in British Guiana increased in all musical genres. A number of factors contributed to this. One was an environment that encouraged music—stress increases demand for music. Additional reasons include the establishment of American military bases in the colony, which needed entertainment; the musical tastes and demands of the Guianese working people; innovations in the music of rural East Indians; the return of students who were on scholarships in the United kingdom and the United States; further growth of music appreciation and performance organizations; technological developments; an influential diaspora on both sides of the Atlantic; and the increasing importance of nationalist politics.

Keywords:   British Guiana, American military bases, music, Guianese people, rural East Indians, working people, music appreciation, nationalist politics

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