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Salute to Guyana – a solo guitar arrangement

‘Salute to Guyana’ by W.R.A Pilgrim, is an anthem-like national song meant to instill a sense of pride in one’s country and its future through unity and personal commitment. When played a bit up-tempo I think it also makes a great marching song. Lyrics of the first verse  We hail thee, Guyana, our country, our home, From coast to the hinterland your...

Guyana the free

This solo guitar arrangement is a revision to my earlier  one of Valerie Rodway’s well known national song, “Guyana the free’. The lyrics (by James and Valerie Rodway) include the country’s motto ‘One people, one nation, one destiny’. The motto, adopted in 1966, appears on the national Coat of Arms. Interestingly, as described in ‘Musical life in Guyana‘, the motto originated as a...

Song of the Republic

This song, composed by Frank Daniels, with words by Cleveland W. Hamilton, won the song competition marking Guyana’s Republic celebrations in 1970. The music has been described as ‘electric’ with the intent of rallying all Guyanese. I admit I often felt the urge to go marching’ while playing this piece. I would love to hear from anyone who has an online link...

My native land

Solo guitar arrangement – 2017 update This solo guitar arrangement of a well known Guyanese national song (music and lyrics by M. A. Cossou) is an update to one of my earlier arrangments. You can find sheet music for a piano arrangement as well as the full lyrics in this publication. First verse…. Oh I care not that others rave over fair...

O Beautiful Guyana – solo guitar (2017 update)

Just recently, I obtained a copy of the original piano scoring of this Guyanese national song composed by Valerie Rodway. This motivated me to update the solo guitar arrangement I posted several months ago that was based mainly on my recollection of the melody and information gleaned from listening to a few YouTube videos. Lyrics O beautiful Guyana, O my lovely native...

A song of hope – Solo guitar arrangement

Thanks to a recently acquired copy of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee songbook, I first became aware of this patriotic song by R.C.G. Potter, the composer Guyana’s national anthem. Listening to the music immediately brings to my mind descriptive keywords such as inspiring, uplifting, solemn, anthem, marching bands, … The lyrics of this song, written by Pat A. Lawrence, call on the country to...

Song of Guyana’s children – A solo guitar arrangement

This song by W. Hawley-Bryant ranks among the most popular of the patriotic songs of Guyana. It aims directly at youths, calling for them to aspire to greatness no less magnificent than the land of their birth. Born in the land of the mighty Roraima, Land of great rivers and far stretching sea; So like the mountain, the sea and the river...

Guyana the free – A solo guitar arrangement

During a recent trip to Guyana, I recall waking up early each morning to the sound on the radio of a school choir singing this delightfully memorable song by Valerie Rodway. The lyrics evoke images of a newly independent nation. They call for commitment from all to work in unity and fairness to make the country a desirable home. I like especially...

National songs of Guyana

Guyana has many well established national songs. The importance of such songs in fostering national unity and pride was recently highlighted in an article authored by the President of Guyana himself. I have uploaded several of my solo guitar arrangements of national songs at this page. While some of these songs were featured in earlier posts, others are new. Hopefully, additional contributions...

O beautiful Guyana – A solo guitar arrangement

This national song by Valerie Rodway strikes me as a ‘love song’ to one’s country. In keeping with the title, the lyrics focus on Guyana’s beauty. Yet, ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’; and different aspects of Guyana — it’s culture, social or physical environment — would vary in appeal to each one of us. We all have our favorites...

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