Monthly Archives: May 2011

Guyana 45th Independence Festival – Toronto – June 19, 2011

Tribute to steelbands before Mash 1970 – Godfrey Chin

Tribute to steelbands before Mash 1970

by Godfrey Chin  – Nostalgia 485 – Order his Nostalgias – Golden Memories of Guyana 1940-1980 from this site.

Steelband has been the essence of our Caribbean Carnival/ Mash/Crop-Over celebrations since this phenomenon emerg-ed after WWII, and remains a unique musical art form in the twentieth century, with efforts from Japan to Sweden usurping this contribution from our tropics. Like our own Demerara rum and sugar, we need to propogate, preserve and defend steelband in the Caribbean – especially since our vaunted WI cricket prestige is currently on the wane and in limbo.

Steelband started in Port of Spain during their VJ celebrations in September 1945, following the temporary wartime ban on ‘jump up’ on the streets. The local musical instruments ‘tamboo bamboo’ stored temporarily under bottom houses were taken to the streets, but burst from recent disuse.  Bottle and spoon, shack-shack, rubbish-bin covers and lard cans were brought out to provide the cacophonous din for the celebratory street tramps. In a few short years the island pioneers – Ellie Mannette, Spree Simon, Neville Jules, etc, pioneered a galaxy range of pan instruments from discarded 45-gallon drums at the US Chaguaramas Base, and the steelband was born.

By 1947, the Trinidad band Red Army arrived in Georgetown by schooner, and made an impressive appearance. The nylon goes that at a dance performance at BGCC, there was a huge scuffle near the stage. When order was restored a first pan was missing. I have never been able to corroborate this story, but must admire that even before 1950 our natives were demonstrating enterprise and resourcefulness.

Read article: Tribute to Steelbands before Mash 1970 by Godfrey Chin

India’s Got Talent Show – Hula Hoop Dance video

Guyana Music Festival – Caribana Saturday July 30 – Toronto

 Guyana Music Festival Caribana Saturday 2011

Observing Guyana’s Politics of Race – Dr. Odida Quamina

Observing Guyana’s politics of race

By:  Dr. Odida T. Quamina

NB: This article was first published in the Toronto SHARE newspaper in June 30, 1994.  Here, it has been revised and expanded to contribute to the ongoing discussions with regard to the upcoming elections expected to be held sometime this year in Guyana.

Several events commemorating Guyana’s 28 years of independence (in 1994), provided venues for a number of Guyanese to get together in Toronto. The functions were sponsored and arranged by the Association of Concerned Guyanese with supporting roles played by a number of Guyanese community organizations. They also provided us with another opportunity to observe- at close range- the issues of the race and politics in Guyana and abroad. Much on this discussion (in print and elsewhere) has been the focus of various commentators, observers, analysts, columnists and scholars.

My own interest starts with some earlier experiences while growing up in plantation Mackenzie-Wismar-Christrianburg and later, Linden, after the amalgamation of the three mining communities, Mackenzie-Wismar-Christianburg.

The earliest inhabitants of the communities were Amerindians and with the emerging commercial interest in bauxite mining and production, the social and economic fabric of the mining community gradually took on all the attributes of a single company mining town. Its uniqueness in Guyanese’ society was due in part to its relative isolation from other communities and the economic significance of the bauxite’s revenues to the nation’s political economy…. more

Read full article. : Observing Guyana’s Politics of Race – Quamina

Guyana: 45 Years of Independence – 2011

Parliament Building. Georgetown. Guyana.


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Last Updated: May 26, 2011- GINA

Ministry of Culture, National Archives opens annual exhibition for Independence Anniversary at the National Museum
The Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports in partnership with the National Archives yesterday opened its annual exhibition in celebration of Guyana’s 45th Anniversary of Independence at the National Museum.

Guyana on stable development course, a path-finder in climate change – President Jagdeo 
– at  45th Independence anniversary

Georgetown, GINA, May 25, 2011

Guyana is on a stable developmental pathway, with an economy that is one of the strongest in the Caribbean, having experienced the sixth consecutive year of strong economic growth, in addition to being one of the fastest growing economies in CARICOM for the past five years.
President Bharrat Jagdeo in his final independence address at the National Park, this evening as Guyana observed its 45th anniversary since having gained its freedom from Great Britain, told a packed park of the country’s unwavering development.

President Bharrat Jagdeo inspecting the guard of Honour at the 45th Independence anniversary celebration

He noted that if the country is to craft a Guyana that can take its rightful place among the nations of the world, then the vision beyond what might have seemed innovative just 10 years ago needs to be upgraded.
“Our vision for Guyana still includes the need for an expanding, broadly based economy. That is why our sustained economic growth and the prudent management of public finances is enabling us to keep inflation low, our currency stable and to build our national reserves to their highest level ever, all while dealing with the greatest global financial crisis in our independent country’s history,” he said.
 That vision, he said, needs to support the development and expansion of a vigorous and globally competitive private sector; it still needs to stay the course in modernising the traditional economic sectors, especially sugar which continues to recover from the major trading shocks of recent years; it still needs to capitalise on the increasingly valuable mining sectors and also to enshrine the principle that economic success must be combined with social justice.

“We need to look to a field of vision greater than we have had in the past. And the foundations we have built over the last decade and more mean that we can go out and benefit from that field of vision,” President Jagdeo said.  Continue reading

Exhibition -“Influences of our African Forefathers…”

Influences of our African Forefathers in the Struggles for Independence’. 


The Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports in partnership with the National Archives yesterday opened its annual exhibition in celebration of Guyana’s 45th Anniversary of Independence at the National Museum.

The exhibition is being held under the theme, ‘Influences of our African Forefathers in the Struggles for Independence’. 

This year exhibition pays homage and highlights several of our African forefathers who helped in the fight for Guyana independence.

The theme of the exhibition is also in honor of 2011 being recognised by the United Nations, as the year of People of African Descent.

The exhibition highlights persons such as the first leader of Guyana, L.F.S Burnham, Guyana President from 1985-1992 Desmond Hoyte and political advocate Walter Rodney.

In addition to the exhibits of the African pioneers of independence, displayed as well, are other central persons as well as events that led and culminated into the realization of Guyana independence.

In his address at the exhibition opening, Minister of Culture Youth and Sports, Dr. Frank Anthony said the purpose of the exhibition is not merely a celebration of Guyana independence but a remembrance to Guyanese of our independency.

The Minister urged Guyanese to remember our independence and to reflect on what our ancestors fought for and achieved.  He advocated that Guyanese not only remember what was fought for and gained but that we also continue from where they left off.
“Our ancestors did what they had to do, they brought us to a point, we must stand on their shoulders, continue to build so we can take it to another point for our children and their children, he said.

Director of Culture within the Ministry of Culture, Dr. James Rose speaking at the opening said that he sometimes gets the impression that the struggle for independence, the lesson of that struggle and the current implication of that struggle might be lost today on Guyanese.

He said that if this is indeed the fact or if we are in the process of forgetting, then occasions such as this exhibition serves to ensure that we never forget our struggles for political independence.

The exhibition runs from May 24 to June 7

Farrakhan Cleric Wants Guyana Government to Apologise

The True Guyanese Story Of The CIA,Islam, Politics,Race And Injustice

Abdul Akbar Muhammad, international representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan andthe Nation of Islam, is back safely in the United States after being detained by law enforcement officials in the South American country of Guyana.

In an exclusive interview, Akbar Muhammad told The Final CallMay 21 that when Guyanese police officers came to his hotel room in the country, an officer said the Central Intelligence Agency had told local authorities he was a terrorist. There are also suspicions that the false arrest and detention could be tied to tensions between the ruling Indian-dominated political party and Black opposition party as elections loom.

The false charges and arrest is part of a sustained effort to trash the good name of Minister Farrakhan and the good works of the Nation of Islam, charged Mr. Muhammad, who has traveled to Guyana on numerous occasions since 1975 and has never had any problems with law enforcement. His most recent visit was about five years ago to speak to young people.

“The Minister is well known in that society, so when you see his name on the front of the paper, people are going to read it,” said Mr. Muhammad. “It’s absolutely to try to make Minister Farrakhan look other than the champion that he is (on behalf) of Black people, and to say that he’s got one of his assistants down there who is a terrorist and dealing drugs and planning some terrorist act against Guyanese society,” he added.

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Also read: US denies allegations regarding cleric’s arrest –

COTAB Annual Caribana Dance – July 30, 2011 – Toronto

Spring Caribbean Dinner & Dance! – May 27 – Vancouver


BC Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations

Spring Caribbean Dinner & Dance!

On Friday May 27th, 2011  …all ah we is one

British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations invites you to its Spring Fundraising Dinner & Dance! Support this event, held in collaboration by the nine member associations of  BCOCCA.

Friday May 27, 2011
Bonsor Community Centre

6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby BC
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Music by Lover’s Choice Supreme Sounds
with Daddy Mikey & Earl da Pearl
and special feature: Mr. Paul Choisil with Panacea
Tickets $30 each
Includes a delicious Caribbean dinner
Door Prizes * Surprises * No Host Bar
For ticket info: 604-942-9618  604-275-8617  604-552-1914  604 581-4810

Or contact your local Caribbean Association:

  • Antigua & Barbuda Cultural Association of BC
  • Barbados Cultural Association of BC
  • Grenadian Cultural Association of BC
  • Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC
  • Hearts, Hands, Minds for Haiti
  • Jamaican Canadian Cultural Association of BC
  • St. Kitts/Nevis Cultural Association of BC
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines Association of Greater Vancouver
  • Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC