Friday, 19 February 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: Quotables from Lorna Goodison, Clyde McKenzie, PM Portia Simpson-Miller, and more

“We always referred to that tragedy as that thing that happened. The tragedy was so palpable. And some truly horrible things were said about that woman because she was a rhumba dancer. I thought about [Margarita Mahfood] a lot. She had a lot of things going for her. She came from a privileged background, and yet she still chose to be with Don Drummond. I would like people to think again as to why she chose to be with this man. I think, and from what I’ve heard, she had an intense and powerful love for him.” – Poet Lorna Goodison weighing in on the tragic Don Drummond/Margarita saga during last Sunday’s leg of Grounation 2016 at the Institute of Jamaica 
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“The party has a very clear vision, and you will see that coming out in our manifesto and 10-Point Plan, as to exactly what we are going to do when we take over Government. There is an incredible sense of purpose in the party, as there was in the early days some dissonance about what exactly the party was about. I think we have resolved that now. We are all beginning to understand that what happened before is in the past. There is a recognition that the JLP has a chance if we work together.” – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness commenting on the status quo in the Jamaica Labour Party ahead of next week’s General Elections 
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“Jamaica stands at the intersection of hope and history. We have laid the foundation for substantial and sustainable economic growth. The basis is being laid for First-World education and training. First-World level of job creation, business start-ups and wealth creation. Beyond the customary noise of exuberance of an election campaign, there is the national and international acknowledgement that, at long last, Jamaica is getting its social and economic house in order.” – PM Portia Simpson-Miller addressing the recent launch of the PNP’s 68-page manifesto at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel 
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“Winning your first Grammy for Best Reggae Album is an exceptional accomplishment for you as a music group, but it is also a moment of great national pride for all Jamaicans at home and abroad. We celebrate this great success with you. For decades, our artistes and our musicians have taken Jamaica to the world stage, carrying our culture to the farthest reaches of the globe. So today I pay tribute to Morgan Heritage, all other talented Jamaican acts who were nominated in this year’s Grammy Awards, as well as the music pioneers who have laid a solid foundation for us to build this sector.” – PM Portia Simpson-Miller hailing reggae ambassadors Morgan Heritage in the wake of their recent Grammy win for Best Reggae Album 
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“This win is a tribute to the hard work and a commitment to their craft, for which they which they have been known over the years. They have been around for a long time and have produced such a high standard of work. This might not be their best album, and they might not be as prolific as they have been in the past, but there is never sub-standard music from Morgan Heritage.” – Entertainment specialist Clyde McKenzie adding his voice to the chorus of praise for first-time Grammy winners Morgan Heritage 
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“It is up to the authorities to punish the cheats, and they now need to step up and take action. All I can do is continue running clean and keep showing people that anything is possible.” – Sprint superstar Usain Bolt offering a solution to the ongoing doping scandals that have beset the sport of athletics 
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“Don Drummond didn’t say much; he spoke through his horn. This was a man, a musician, a trombonist who produced a sweet kind of sadness to make us get up and dance. It’s an amazing thing about Don Drummond that’s difficult to explain. Just the feel, the vibe, the spirit of his music. It’s inexplicable. It can’t be written on the page. In photos he was always pensive. This is a man who lived inside his head. For me, he was a sociologist, a historian. He was everything we sent our kids to study.” – Founder of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, remembering the musical mastery of Don Drummond during Grounation 2016 at the Institute of Jamaica recently






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