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By Nigel Wallace

IN a country that is well known for its political disunity across racial lines, it was pleasing to see everyone come together on Friday, May 26, the day of Guyanas Independence, to celebrate this day as a people and not a party.

What fell through as an annual event and has now made a resurgence, the Guyanese Association of Barbados Incorporated (GABI) Independence Dinner and Show enjoyed a diverse audience on Friday night at the George Street Auditorium. According to president of GABI, Patrick Thompson the mixture of Afro and Indo Guyanese persons was a pleasing sight and one, which he believes, should be promoted to all Guyanese people.

With good Guyanese food and the presence of several well-known Guyanese personalities (musical and otherwise), which included internationally renowned artist, Stanley Greaves (who is preparing for an exhibition at Zemicon galleries in the near future), well-known jazz musician Aubrey Cummins, and the Guyanese High Commissioner to Barbados, Norman Faria, the evening was certainly not lacking for good music and intense discussion.

Indeed, Commissioner Faria who was pleased with the concept of a Guyanese Association that is independent of the consulate, did stress that he hoped that the consulate could be included in the future in events such as these, thus promoting an even more unified presentation, which could reach out to more Guyanese persons in Barbados and perhaps even the Barbadian community themselves.

Adding to what was a truly Guyanese night, patrons enjoyed indo-guyanese singing, and the highlight for the evening, which evoked much singing and peals of laughter, a folk music session with Monica Baptiste, whose rendition of, Onward, upward Mary had a goat& truly set a relaxed vibe for the rest of the evening.

Barbados Advocate