By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
Keith Waithe is one of Guyana’s most talented sons. He burst onto the scene in the seventies and has made
remarkable progress since then. As a young musician Keith excited the imagination of many Guyanese.
His ‘Macusi Singers’ became a household name in Guyana and the Caribbean. The lilting tunes played on his flute broke new ground in Guyanese music and the recordings that followed led to an even greater appreciation of his music.
Keith was born in Shell Road in Kitty in Georgetown, Guyana. He was the eldest of four boys. His mom was Eula Alberta Daniel and is dad was Darnley Vanherberth Waithe.
Keith attended Smiths Church School in Georgetown. He did well in school and showed an inclination for music. This led to an apprenticeship with the Guyana Police Force Band. But the flute was not his instrument of choice.