"PACK UP ME GRIP & LEH ME GO"
The Terry Gajraj Story
By Roshan Shiwcharran, GuyanaChunes.com
Heart pounding, butterflies out of control, Terry Gajraj paced back & forth nervously backstage at the Brightstar Productions "Indo-Carribbean Show" in Toronto, Canada. Terry was about to share the stage for the very first time with many of his Idols to sing in front of 8,000 hungry fans. This moment forever changed his life. “When I stepped on that stage, I felt like I was struck by lightning,” recalls the artist who was representing Guyana at the All Star Concert. “I had that aha moment of OMG! This is what I want to do for the rest of my life"! Terry never stopped dominating the Guyanese music scene for the past 25 years. He released his debut Album "Soca Lambada" in 1990 but it was "Guyana Baboo" in 1994 that established him as a household name & propelled him to International acclaim. As a son of the soil, Terry is the most toured artiste to emerge out of Guyana & whose success in promoting Guyanese Music & Culture around the world remains unmatched.
He has further embraced his role model status as a celebrity spokesman for the Save Abee Charitable Foundation for kids in Guyana. For the past 5 years, Terry & the Save Abee team organized many Fundraisers in Canada & USA with 100% of proceeds donated to educate kids in the field of Computer Technology based on the "teach a man to fish" philosophy". It has evolved with success, to not only represent his ideals to give back to those in need, but most importantly to showcase the goodwill and strong community spirit of the Guyanese people that Terry represents as their musical ambassador.
Terry Gajraj grew up in Fyrish Village, Guyana. As a poor country boy, he had no TV in his home, so his only entertainment was learning to play every single musical instrument he could get his hands on. Having no TV was a blessing in disguise. Dance-inspiring Soca Chutney rhythms and a knack for Guyanese lyrics have made the charismatic Terry Gajraj one of Guyana's most successful vocalists. That poor country boy is now an International Star who has made an indelible mark on the musical history of Guyana.
"Yuh can tek me outta Guyana, but you kyan tek Guyana outta me"
1-Guyana's Most RECORDED Artiste with over 30 Albums and hundreds of songs
2- TerryG is the only singer from Guyana who has been performing
globally every single week, every single month, every single year for
over 20 years, non-stop (since his monster hit "Guyana Baboo" in
1994). Guyana's Most CONSISTENT Artiste.
3- Performed off Broadway in "West Indian Dreams" in Manhattan NY.
4- Guyana's most TOURED Singer (performs in all the major cities &
countries including the Caribbean, Surinam, Holland, India, UK &
Spain). One of his most prestigious shows was at Wembley Stadium in
London, England. Terry consistently adds a new Country & new City
every year to his touring circuit.
5- Terry is the first singer from the Caribbean to perform at the
BOLLYWOOD Music Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Grammys.
6- Terry has represented Guyana in all the major CARNIVALS in the
world including Labor Day (NY), Caribana (Canada), Miami Carnival,
Virgin Islands (Tortola), Notting Hill (London) & Trinidad (Spektakula
7- Terry created the "Screw the lightbulb" Indian Dance and introduced
the "Call & Response" style to Guyanese Chutney Music thereby making
it more interactive, exciting & popular. He has thrilled the worldwide
audience with his brand of Guyanese Music & Culture and spread the
sounds of Guyana beyond our borders.
8- Terry is the 1st Guyanese Artiste to have his own professional
website www.TerryGajraj.com. When Promoters want a Guyanese
Entertainer, the 1st name that pops up is Terry "Guyana Baboo" Gajraj.
9- Unlike many Artistes who crossover & hide their Guyanese roots,
Terry proudly waves his Guyanese Flag at all his performances and
showcases his trademark One finger pose representing 1 People, 1
Nation, 1 Destiny.
10- Terry does a weekly TV show on Time Warner ch 96 in NYC every Sat at 7pm.
11- Collaborates with young Guyanese Artistes to give them a taste of
stardom & promote the future of Guyanese music.
12- Since the inception of his singing career. Terry has consistently
donated at least one free performance every month for various