This is a great article by Ray Seales explaining the origins of Guyanese Shanto music from early Quek Queh or Masquerade Music of Carribean slaves, that were parodies or satires on their slave masters, which then became songs mostly about everyday life and experiences.
The current music scene features a lot of Calypso, Soca and Chutney. Reggae being preferred by ‘Big People” or essentially the older generation as one acquaintance put it.
I happened to meet this kid the other day, Kevin Fortune, who dabbles in poetry and is releasing a CD of his own poetic compositions on Mother’s day. Encouraging trend of young poetic artists.