Music: Guyana- born Eddy Grant for Medgar Evers Jazzy Jazz Festival

August 13, 2019 /  Caribbean Life News NYC

Musical guest Eddy Grant performs with The Roots on July 31, 2019.

The rocker got the audience on its feet as he belted out “Jimmy, we are gonna rock-down to electric Avenue and then we’ll take it higher” singing the lyrics at the top of his lungs during a pulsating five-minute performance.           

The 71-year-old, singer, producer, songwriter, who was accompanied by the musical band, “The Roots,” was promoting his long-awaited album, an ode to the village in Guyana where he was born.

Fallon, in his energetic style, while introducing the musician, shouted, “from his latest album, ‘Plaisance,’ available on, performing his classic hit, ‘Electric Avenue’, with a little help from the ‘Roots’ give it up for Eddy Grant!”

Grant, a founding member of “The Equals,” one of the United Kingdom’s first racially integrated pop groups, then took to the stage decked out in a black Tee, blue jeans, open front shirt, and signature Rastafarian hat, and danced like the 19-year-old, he recently said he felt like.

The exceptionally talented country boy, who recently received a lifetime achievement award from the government of Guyana, is being called upon by a cross-section of Guyanese diaspora in New York, to headline a “One Guyana” concert.

However, to date, the only event the “Gimme Me Hope Jo’anna” singer will be attending is the culmination of the Dr. Mary Umolu – Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Festival 2019, on Aug. 30.

The multitalented, Grant, who began his career in England,and then spent many of his years living and recording at his studio in Barbados, is loved by his Guyanese brothers and sisters, many who tuned-in from across the world to see him perform live on NBC New York television.

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  • kamtanblog  On August 19, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Guyana got talent !


  • dhanpaul narine  On August 19, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Eddy is the ideal person to lead the ‘One Guyana Concert’ and one hopes he can do so before the next elections. This can help to bring about healing in our divided nation.

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