"Creole Rock is a fusion of Guyanese Folk Music, Creole Culture and Dialect, and Punk Rock n' Roll."
Gavin Mendonca is a young Guyanese Folk/Rock Musician, born in the heart of Georgetown on Christmas Eve 1991, and in 2011, Gavin found his calling: Punk Rock! As one of a very few ‘Punk Rockers’ in Guyana, he made a name for himself in the local rock community as well as on the National scene, signing with local label Kross Kolor Records. Since January 2014, Gavin is also the host of his self-produced radio show – Radio Rock ‘n’ Roll, Guyana’s Premier Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio show, bringing rock music to a wider audience, and allows a platform for Rock Music from all around the Caribbean/Region to be heard on Guyana's National Radio Station. He is also an advocate for more local content on Guyanese Radio; as well as one of the directors of the annual ‘Rupununi Music and Arts Festival’.
Gavin has represented Guyanese Culture multiple times in Trinidad, as well as Suriname, Colombia and Dominican Republic, the UK, US, China and Dubai. Also a composer, he has written many songs that are patriotic and tell a story about being Guyanese, such as ‘City By De Tides’ (a song about his home town) and ‘The Great Rebellion’ (a song about Cuffy, and the 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion) and the 2015 Christmas Hit ‘Cause Is Christmas (in Guyana)’. He is also currently the bassist of local Heavy Metal band - Feed The Flames. He has managed to fuse Guyanese Culture, which is truly unique, with Rock ‘n’ Roll, creating an entirely new sub-genre of Rock Music – Creole Rock. Gavin’s main aim is to contribute to the preservation of Guyanese Culture and Heritage through is works.
His first solo album, titled ‘CREOLE ROCK: THE BEGINNING’, was released in April 2016. In May 2018, Gavin released his first Short Film - ‘How To Build A Tree House’ - which incorporated the use of Patamuna Language and Folklore, and was filmed at Kaieteur Falls and it’s environs. Gavin has teamed up with leader of ‘Buxton Fusion Drumming School’ - Marlon ‘Chucky’ Adams and the two have embarked on a mission to ‘Folk It Up’ - an effort to preserve Folk Music in modern society. The duo released their first album together in 2019 - GAVIN & CHUCKY: FOLK IT UP VOL 1 and are about to release Vol. 2 as well as their first original record together. The duo have also recently released a series of performances in the Rupununi which can be viewed on Youtube.