Archive for January 10th, 2014

In Guyana, Feeling Stifled After Needling Government in Song

Dave Martins & Tradewinds – Civilization

In Guyana, Feeling Stifled After Needling Government in Song

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Dressed in a bright yellow hat, garish green shirt and oversize red tie, De Professor danced onstage, his waist-length dreadlocks following behind while he sang of government wrongdoing.

“With all de corruption dat taking place, we is de ones they blame,” the song, “God Nah Sleep,” went. “While dem a thief, thief, thief, we just sit down like if we lame,” he continued, complaining of public inaction in the face of widespread graft.

The performance was so well received that it delivered the 43-year-old singer, whose real name is Lester Charles, a victory early this year in the annual calypso competition in Guyana, a tiny country on the shoulder of South America.

But the song so angered the government minister for transport and hydraulics, Robeson Benn, that he stormed into the state radio station’s offices soon after and, according to numerous accounts, demanded that it be banned, along with an array of other competition-winning calypsos.  Continue reading


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Veteran broadcaster Terry Holder dies

Terry Holder

Terry Holder

Demerara Waves – January 8, 2013

Veteran Guyanese broadcaster, Terrence Holder died on Wednesday after a prolonged illness, a family member confirmed.  He was 73.

After falling ill with cancer, he retired from the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) where he had served as its Deputy General Manager (Public Communications).

Holder, a former Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), began his broadcasting career at the then state-owned Guyana Broadcasting Service (GBS).  Continue reading