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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 1950s: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination

The 1950s: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination

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(p.120) 6 The 1950s: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination
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Musical Life in Guyana
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Vibert C. Cambridge

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460117.003.0006

This chapter explores how the governors of British Guiana during the 1950s had to navigate several significant international and domestic realities. They had to implement imperial policies related to decolonization and the “realpolitik” of the Cold War. India's political independence in 1947 signaled the end of the British Empire and the emergence of the Commonwealth; so for British Guiana, the question of independence was not if but when. Sir Charles Campbell Woolley, governor at the time, was engaged in preparing the colony for political independence, including the development of a more inclusive constitution. As a result of the state of organizing capacity in the colony's political and cultural realms, things moved quickly on all fronts. Music was associated with all of them, most evidently when the first national festival of music was held in July 1952—the British Guiana Festival of Music.

Keywords:   1950s, British Guiana, decolonization, realpolitik, British Empire, Sir Charles Campbell Woolley, political independence, British Guiana Festival of Music

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