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Thursday, May 18, 2006
Guyana’s Lady Guymine In Brooklyn Hospital


Reported By Allison Skeete
Special To HBN


Hardbeatnews, BROOKLYN, N.Y., Thurs. May 18, 2006: Officials of the Guyana Folk Festival Organization are appealing to the Guyanese community to come to the help of legendary singer, Lady Guymine, born Monica Chopperfield.

Claire Goring of the Folk Festival Committee disclosed that the singer is seriously ill at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. The cause of the illness was not revealed.

But Goring says Guymine has no relatives close by and she hopes all Guyanese and friends of Guyana in New York and across the U.S. would “… come to the aid and support of one of Guyana’s folk heroes.”

Guymine, 74, was born in Berbice, Guyana and began a performing career as "Baby Monica" in a show produced by Zelda Martindale at the Olympic Cinema on Lombard Street in Georgetown, Guyana.

She later began a singing career, traveling across Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil and the United States. Guymine has made an indelible mark in Guyana with her music while performing many musical genres and met some of the world's leading performers.

She’s an established balladeer who in 1966 took her first step into calypso performing, when she participated in Mashramani celebrations in McKenzie as Lady Guybau. The rest is history.

Along the way, her talent got her noticed by the Mighty Sparrow, and she toured with him and performed in his calypso tent for two years in Trinidad and Tobago.

Over the years, her stage name has reflected changes in Guyana’s bauxite industry. She’s been known as Lady Guybau and now Lady Guymine.

Guymine has been recognized as one of the important 20th century calypsonians in the Caribbean and with over 65 years of performing, she has received a national award from the people of Guyana as well as having been awarded the Wordsworth McAndrew Award in 2003.

For further information contact ClaireAGoring@aol.com or call 718-209-5207. – Hardbeatnews.com