Booster Shot: Guyana's Lady Guymine dies at 76

>> Saturday, May 30, 2009

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I want to take a  moment to offer my sincere condolences to the Guyanese community and all lovers of Calypso and all Caribbean folk traditions. 

On Thursday, Monica Chopperfield aka Lady Guymine passed on the the next plain, due to natural causes.

Best known for a song called "Granny Fit", She was a true champion of Guyanese music and culture, having performed as a Calypsonian for decades. She enterted the world of Calypso in 1965. That year she performed for Guyana's Mashramani celebrations under the sobriquet of Lady Guybau. She was then invited by the Mighty Sparrow to tour Trinidad and Tobag, where she remained in his Calypso tent for two years.

She was very accomplished in the craft, having a sound that borrowed elements from other world music styles. In her early career, she was known to sing ballads and jazz. In 1985, Chopperfield placed 5th at the World Calypso Competition.

Lady Guymine was born and raised in Guyana, having spent her later years in New York.

Last September the Caribbean entertainment community in Brooklyn banded together to raise money to assist the ailing singer with her medical needs. On stage that nightwas a cast of all-star performers from the Caribbean Region including Trinidad's 2008 Calypso King Sugar Aloes and St. Vincent's Winston Soso.

Here at Nurse Karen Etc we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Monica Chopperfield, and all how understand the loss of this important cultural icon.

Rest in Peace,

(Nurse) Karen

See this article from Guyana's Stabroek News, for Guyana's celebration of her outstanding career.

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