Lovers of the rock genre believe in its success locally
Rock music is a loosely defined genre of popular music that entered the mainstream in the mid 1950s.
These days, there are so many variations of Rock music such as the heavy metal, punk rock, acid grunge, lovers, mosh core, neo classical, pop and a host of other styles but regardless, each has its own faithful following.
The sound of rock often revolves around the electric guitar or acoustic guitar, and it uses a strong back beat, laid down by a rhythm section of electric bass guitar, drums, and keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, or since the 1970s, synthesizers.
In Guyana, many of the different variations have been around for as long as I can remember but I am relatively young.
The era I personally remember is the period in the late eighties when there was a bandwagon of ‘metallists’ with their weird long hair, black nail polish (male and females) and a host of accessories such a skull rings, necklaces, belts among others.
To a non-lover of rock music, this seems like a bunch of weirdos banging their heads to noise, but a lover of rock feels the drums and guitars, and truly hears the lyrics, which 99 per cent of the time has a powerful message of hope, peace and hatred or resentment (rebelliousness) among others.
Locally, there are few bands that love and thrive on rock music and ever so often on the radio, television and print media there are promoters seeking to have lovers of the art form come out and share the love at rock parties.
Despite the fact that most of these parties are sparsely attended as compared to the Akon, Beenie Man, Bunji Garlin, Lady Saw or Tony Matterhorn concerts, the promoters and lovers of the rock genre believe in its success given the however marginal increase in supporters.
One such promoter ‘Sinbad ZJ Mad’ who hosted a small but arguably very successful rock party recently at the ‘Jaypees Sports Bar’ in Kitty, is of the opinion that in time to come Rock music will spread its wings in Guyana and appeal to many more.
I mentioned arguably successful because there were a number of new faces at the party, most of whom never even entertained the idea of listening to Led Zeppelin, God Smack, Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Metallica, All American Rejects, Evanescence, Creed, Aerosmith and the numerous other groups that existed in the past or are in the present main stream.
According to Sinbad, in Guyana, Rock was a suffering genre and he was of the firm opinion that he could be able to do something to change that for the better.
“I see that this genre will really pick up in the next two or three years and as a promoter/businessman it is my firm belief that it is a safe genre to invest in.”
He admitted that he could not bring about that successfully by himself. It would take the support of the other lovers of the art form.
Sinbad pointed out that unlike others who promote the variation that they love for themselves, they must realize that although they love the music so much that they get involved at some point in time, it must be recognized that it is a business and there are various variations of rock music.
“I am going to be doing it differently…I am going to be promoting a wide variety of the genres,” said Sinbad.