Wordsworth McAndrew Award

The Wordsworth McAndrew Awards celebrate Guyanese who have made important contributions to the country's cultural life. Awardees' talents include broadcasting, cultural promotion, drama, music, painting, theatre, and writing. The awards, founded in 2002, are presented by the Guyana Folk Festival, a Brooklyn, NY, USA-based organization.[1]

The awards honour Wordsworth McAndrew, one of Guyana's leading folklorists, poets and creative artists.

AwardeesEdit

In 2002 there were 36 awardees, reflecting the number of years since Guyana's independence in 1966.[2] The first recipients of the award[2] were:

  • S. R. R. Allsopp
  • Ron Bobb-Semple
  • Johnny Braff
  • Maurice Braithwaite
  • Negla Brandis
  • E. R. Burrowes
  • Pat Cameron
  • Martin Carter
  • Bertie Chancellor
  • Megan Chan
  • Nesbit Chhangur
  • Lynette Dolphin
  • Francis Quamina Farrier
  • Robert Fernandes
  • Terry Gajraj
  • Roy Geddes
  • Gary Girdhari
  • Eddy Grant
  • Stanley Greaves
  • Bernard Heydorn
  • Peter Kempadoo
  • Vivian Lee
  • Ivor Lynch
  • Wordsworth McAndrew
  • Dave Martins
  • Sister Noel Menezes
  • Valerie Rodway
  • Bill "Bhagee" Rogers
  • Olga Lopes Seales
  • A. J. Seymour
  • Raj Kumari Singh
  • Shurland "King Fighter" Wilson
  • The Atlanta Guyana Association
  • The Link Show
  • The Rajkumari Cultural Center
  • Dem Two (Ken Corsbie and Marc Matthews)

The 37 awardees in 2003[2] were:

  • Rudy Bishop (Chronicle Atlantic Symphony Steel Orchestra)
  • David Campbell
  • Tom Charles & The Syncopators
  • Ivan Critchlow
  • Mahadai Das
  • Dennis DeSouza
  • Des Glasford & Combo 7
  • Guyana Music Teachers Association
  • Guyana Police Male Voice Choir
  • Ayube Hamid
  • Annie Haynes
  • Hilton Hemmerding
  • Ram John Holder
  • Loris Holland
  • Rafiq Khan
  • Lady Guymine (Monica Chopperfield)
  • Lord Canary (Malcolm Corrica)
  • Vesta Lowe
  • Ian McDonald
  • Billy Moore (William Moore)
  • Clement E. Nichols
  • Phillip Nichols
  • Tony Phillips
  • Roland Phillips
  • Edith Pieters
  • Billy Pilgrim
  • Masse Lall Pollard
  • Basil Rodrigues
  • Hugh Sam
  • Al Seales
  • Bing Serrao & The Ramblers
  • George Simmons & The Rhythmaires
  • Trev Sue-a-Quan
  • Tassa Explosion
  • Nadira & Indranie Shaw
  • Keith Waithe with Masse Lall Pollard

The 2004 Wordsworth McAndrew Awardees were selected from a list of 150 persons nominated by Guyanese worldwide. The Awards Ceremony took place on 3 September 2004 at the Rose Castle Grand Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York. The 38 awardees were:

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