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Top Ten Jamaican Celebrity Quotes of the Week: "Who Said What?"

Written by Mellesia Harmon

“Dancehall has always stood firm in its belief against homosexuality” – Do you know which Jamaican Celebrity said that this week? See our top ten great Jamaican Celebrity quotes for the week to find out!

“#congratulations to the friends of #shaggy and friends #$70 million ja job well done!” – Shaggy, congratulating his team on a job well done raising $70 million toward funding equipment and other likes at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital following the annual Shaggy and Friends Concert earlier this month (Instagram: @direalshaggy)

“We just wanted to take the people out of the city to enjoy the view and the cool hills. Furthermore, it’s Reggae Month, Black History Month and Heart Month and we just wanted to bring all these together in a healthy, fun music festival,” – Craig ‘Craigy T’ Thompson, stating why one of dancehall’s most influential quartet is joining in the inaugural staging of Blue Mountain Music Festival at the Hollywell National Recreational Park in St Andrew Jamaica, February 22-23. The event is really the ideas of group member Roshaun ‘Bay C’ Clarke coming to life with the help of others in his group and endorsed by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust. The park is currently being pushed to be considered to be listed as a site on the World Heritage List (http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/MUSIC-FEST-for-Blue-Mountains_15839846)

“As the name suggests, the project represents my true colours and what I have experienced in music. It shows my evolution, my growth,” Wayne Marshall, speaking on why he created the album ‘Tru Colors’ which speaks to his growth in the music industry and how he has changed as an artiste. It is hoped that this album will cement him in the dancehall arena as a force to be reckoned with and one that paves the way for future generations to embody (http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140125/ent/ent1.html)

“Tall ratings goes out to all the people who live in cold climates cause I can’t do this shit! But I’m still happy because we vibing tonight alongside Monty Alexander and Ernest wranglin in the blue note Manhattan” – Chronixx, on tour in the USA performing alongside some really big names, veterans in the music business… but missing home all the same #reallycoldweather (Instagram: @chronixxmusic)

“#TBT Receiving the athlete of the meet award #Budapest Hungary” – Warren Weir, reflecting back on when he won the 200 m in a record 20.01 seconds last year at the Budapest Track Meet where he also won Athlete of the Meet (Facebook: Warren Weir)

“#repost performing last year at Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. I see you @taddyp_bass #reddress #love” – Alaine, the songbird showing a throwback photo of her performing at the Jazz and Blues Festival last year. This year promises to be quite exciting featuring the likes of Toni Braxton, Alaine, Crystal Gayle, Beres Hammond, Chronixx, Chaka Khan, Chrisette Mitchelle, Marcia Griffiths and Beenie Man (Instagram: @alainesinga)

“Mi and Mi Family at Rebel Salute! A full joy da ting! ONE LOVE” – Bushman, enjoying Rebel Salute with family and friends where he performed with others like Chronixx, and event organizer Tony Rebel. The event is said to have been a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by patrons and promises to be bigger and better next year (Facebook: Bushman)

“All we need is love…love is all we need” – Tarrus Riley, posting this little phrase in reference to his album ‘Love Situation’ which is a kind of dedication to Rock Steady era. The album is set for release on February 4 and is largely produced by renowned saxophonist Dean Fraser. Tarrus is currently promoting the album on tour in the USA (Facebook: Tarrus Riley)

“RDX Dancehall fans, Reggae music fans, you are in for a treat in 2014. BANGERS & SOUL POETRY Albums are in the final stages!” – RDX, the dancehall duo are really excited to be releasing not one but two albums set for early this year ‘Dancehall Bangers’ and ‘Soul Poetry’. Soul Poetry being a little different from the normally expected ‘jump jump’ lyrics associated with the duo (Twitter: @RDXmusic)

“Dancehall has always stood firm in its belief against homosexuality. As a practitioner within the industry, I have had to endure the blatant hypocritical stance over the years, but if I’m to ever be who I truly am, and be truly comfortable with myself, in my soul, I must take a stance and speak against injustice, hate lyrics, discrimination, and anything that may seek to reduce the life of one and their beliefs” – Rickardo Shuzzr Smith, speaking with the Jamaica Star on being a bisexual dancehall publicist, its challenges and its burdens,while trying to make a living for himself in an industry that has always stood against his beliefs (http://jamaica-star.com/thestar/20140120/ent/ent1.html)

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Mellesia Harmon