Music Videos: Real Old Guyana Shanto Calypso from the 1930’s and 1940’s – Bill Rogers

Real Old Guyana Calypso – Bill Rogers

Here are three really vintage Guyanese calypso recordings by Bill Rogers (Real name Augustus Hinds), a very popular Guyanese singer from the 1930’s and 1940’s. This type of music was called “Shanto”. Have a listen and a laugh at the lyrics as they scroll down as the music is played.   Enjoy!!


B.G.(which stood for British Guiana in Bill Rogers’ time) was probably his most popular song. It was re-made by other artistes and was also used in commercial jingles.


As one comment said: “Love this old song brings back memories of “Hunt`s Cook Up” served late night at Bourda Market green, and also Nut/Channa man at Camp Street by the jail”.


Old time Guyanese Shanto Song from the 1930’s sung by Bill Rogers. It’s about a woman selling medicinal plants

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  • guyaneseonline  On 07/01/2020 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Mr. Bryan

    I read with interest the comments about cook-up by German on Bourda Green, and channa and nuts at Camp and D’urban Streets.

    Years ago, before German and Fat man, there was Jimmy Black Pudding on Robb Street, between Wellington and Camp Street on the southern side.

    This may be the early fifties. It was a place down in a yard. He would put out a lantern on the gate post if there was black pudding for sale. Customers would then make their way down to his kitchen which was in the yard.

    I think Jimmy had a couple tables and chairs where persons could sit and eat if they liked. He was a quiet person, not a talker.

    Can you recall this Jimmy? It would be great to have more information about him.

    Best regards


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