The Birth of Guyana’s Mashramani – Dmitri Allicock

Mashramani - Dmitri Allicock

The Birth of Guyana’s Mashramani

By Dmitri Allicock

Jour Ouvert became fo-daymawnin jump-up. Ole Mas became the Revolt Dance and the Calypso Contests became the Shanto Contest.”- Jimmy Hamilton

The recent conclusion of Guyana’s 44th Mashramani celebrations and most colorful spectacle of music, revelry and creativity attracted the attention of many Guyanese and stimulated memories of its not so distant origination in the Bauxite Town of Linden, Upper Demerara.

Documented accounts reported that the concept for a celebration was first mentioned in 1966, on the attainment of nationhood with plans for making Guyana a republic. When it was announced in 1969 that Guyana would become a Republic in February, 1970, the idea became pressing. Assuming a prominent role in this urgent endeavor was the Jaycees of Greater Mackenzie.  

A Jaycees Republic Celebration Committee was created of which Guyana’s cricket legend, Basil Butcher, was chairman with the understanding that due to his selection to tour Australia with the West Indies Cricket Team, deputy chairman Jim Blackman would carry on.

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