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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 1960s: “Guiana Lament”: The Painful Road to Independence

The 1960s: “Guiana Lament”: The Painful Road to Independence

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Musical Life in Guyana

Vibert C. Cambridge

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter maintains that the 1960s were dramatic times for Guyana. The nation experienced the pain and destruction of racial violence on a massive scale. This decade also witnessed the civil rights struggle of black Americans, and the soundtrack from black America resonated with the radicalized, nationalistic mindset that existed in Guyana in its early post-independence years. By the end of the 1960s, Guyana was also taking its place as a promoter of African and Asian solidarity and had an active voice in the Non-Aligned Movement. In terms of popular entertainment, the shift from big bands to electric bands was noticeable, and the discotheque was becoming the primary venue for consuming international and domestic popular music.

Keywords:   1960s, Guyana, racial violence, black America, civil rights, Non-Aligned Movement, electric bands, discothesque, popular music

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