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Shanto is a form of Guyanese music, related to both calypso and mento.[1] It became a major part of early popular music through its use in Guyanese vaudeville shows; songs are topical and light-hearted, often accompanied by a guitar.[2]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The African Folk Music Tradition from Guyana: A Discourse and Performance" (PDF). Brown Bag Colloquium Series 2003-2004. Retrieved October 1, 2006. 
  2. ^ Seals, Ray. "The Making of Popular Guyanese Music". Retrieved October 1, 2006. 

Shanto is a Bangla word meaning 'calm' derived from Sanskrit 'shant.'