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Jamaican Music Quotes


"I'm a Canadian Jamaican. For me, I carry my Jamaican element into my music in my more recent releases." - Kreesha Turner

"I came from a very strict background, and didn't hear any Jamaican music when I was growing up." - Grace Jones

"I'm an artist. And I'm happy that I was there at the commencement of this music, this Jamaican music, to put my contribution and help to establish it." - Jimmy Cliff

"To me, our music is like Jamaican stuff - if they can't hear it, they're not supposed to hear it. It's not for them if they can't understand it." - Joe Strummer

"Basically, as a kid I grew up to a lot of good music, and part of my appreciation for music, from being a small child, was appreciating Jamaican music." - Adrian Young

"That the language of the poetry of Jamaican music is rastafarian or biblical language cannot simply be put down to the colonizer and his satanic missionaries. The fact is that the historical experience of the black Jamaican is an experience of the most acute human suffering, desolation and despair in the cruel world that is the colonial world..." - Linton Kwesi Johnson

"The U.K. is one of the places that has always been an advocate of my music and I spend a lot of time touring here. I've got family and friends over here, but more than that, there's a large Jamaican community and the Jamaican culture is very widespread in the U.K. which I love." - Damian Marley

"My favorite healthy foods are Jamaican chicken soup, Jamaican chicken stew peas, Jamaican brown stew chicken, plantains and banana chips." - Sanya Richards-Ross

"My favorite healthy foods are Jamaican chicken soup, Jamaican chicken stew peas, Jamaican brown stew chicken, plantains and banana chips." - Sanya Richardsross

"Jamaican music can be aggressive, soulful, smooth and exciting all at once - just like hip-hop. At the same time, there's nothing like Jamaica in the United States. Jamaica is its own thing." - Nas

"When I lived in the U.K., I recorded a lot of ska and rock-steady styles of Jamaican music. But people there weren't accepting it. So I began using a faster reggae beat." - Jimmy Cliff

"....the popular music of Jamaica, the music of the people, is an essentially experiential music, not merely in the sense that the people experience the music, but also in the sense that the music is true to the historical experience, that the music reflects the historical experience. It is the spiritual expression of the historical experience of the Afro-Jamaican." - Linton Kwesi Johnson

"It was the vehicle that propelled me to international stardom. ("Harder They Come") I was known as a singer/songwriter before that, but people did not know me as an actor. It showed the world where the music I contributed to create was coming from. It opened the gates for Jamaican music, internationally." - Jimmy Cliff

"Jamaican reggae is the style of music I always reach for when ranting to friends about how you could listen to one style of music exclusively for the rest of your life - and it would all be great and varied and worth hearing." - Jonny Greenwood

"Im Jamaican, man. Im Jamaican first. You gotta understand thats where Im from. Thats home. That you can never take away from me. Im a Jamaican-born Canadian sprinter." - Donovan Bailey

"I'm Jamaican, man. I'm Jamaican first. You gotta understand that's where I'm from. That's home. That you can never take away from me. I'm a Jamaican-born Canadian sprinter." - Donovan Bailey

"Music first, music last, music always" - A J Mclean

"Good music is good music." - Gretchen Wilson

"(From the enclosed booklet) Jamaican Air - Every flight is the red-eye!" - Mitch Hedberg

"I pulled the Johnny character from the Jamaican Johnny Too Bad thing." - Robert Cray

"Basically, there were three aspects of dub that influenced dubstep. The most important was playing the instrumental versions of vocal garage tracks, which was a little like what dub was to reggae - the instrumental of a full vocal.The second was dub as a methodology, which, for me, is apparent in all dance music: manipulating sound to create impossible sonic spaces using reverb, echo and such. The third is the influence of the genre called dub. (It became a cliche actually, through sampling old Jamaican films and soundtracks, and adding vocal samples.)" - Kode9

"Let's say you have some chicken stock and you're making soup, and out of everything you can taste, some of the things you put in and some of the things you don't. So you start out with an African spice then you hear some Brazilian music, so then it changes. Then you hear Jamaican and it changes again. And the result depends on how much of each spice you put into it. Now, I've been putting in spices since I started playing professionally in 1945." - Herbie Mann

"My favorite herb - lamb's bread. Kali. I like Hawaiian. But for some reason, you communicate better with Jamaican herb. The best Jamaican herb, it have more energy, more everything to it." - Bob Marley

"We lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Northwest D.C. I was essentially raised by a Panamanian man and a Jamaican woman. That's why I have such a fascination with Jamaican food." - Wale

"People love my collard greens. They love my macaroni and cheese. They love the gumbo. They love my Jamaican jerk or my Jamaican curry chicken. They love the jerk, though. And they love my Mexican food." - Tamala Jones

"Music is' just music, it's therapy." - Steve Garrigan

" music isn't just music- its medicine." - Kanye West

"I love jazz music and sad music." - Fred Durst

"Music isn't just music, it's therapy." - Steve Garrigan

"Before we make music, music makes us." - Joachim-Ernst Berendt

"Music isn't about music, it's about life." - Herbie Hancock

"Music isn't just music, it's therapy." - Steve Garrigan

"Music is not material. Music is Spiritual." - Sun Ra

"Great music is great music, period." - Ricky Skaggs

"Music expresses - you express yourself with music." - Rita Ora

"Music is math; music is spiritual." - Bokeem Woodbine

"Musicians own music because music owns them." - Virgil Thomson

"I wanna open a Jamaican/Irish/Spanish small plate breakfast restaurant and call it Tapas the Morning to Ja." - Harris Wittels

"Somebody should clip Sting around the head and tell him to stop using that ridiculous Jamaican accent." - Elvis Costello

"There are so many Jamaican people here in London, it's going to be like being at home for me." - Usain Bolt

"My flow follows sometimes what's going on in the hip-hop industry even though I'm speaking Jamaican patois." - Sean Paul

"I would like to work with anyone in the business who wants to give respect back to the Jamaican vibe." - Sean Paul

"My favorite runner is Usain Bolt, who happens to be Jamaican and is the fastest man in the world." - Dule Hill

"Music chooses her musicians." - Patricia Barber

"Music is interior decoration." - Wayne Shorter

"Flowers are my music." - Thomas Walker Arnold

"Music proposes. Sound disposes." - Babette Deutsch

"Music is everybody's possession." - John Lennon

"Music is an addiction." - Miles Davis

"Architecture is crystallized music." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"[Bebop is] Chinese music." - Louis Armstrong

"Music keeps people sane." - Zoot Sims

"You understand my music." - Cassandra Clare

"Architecture is petrified music." - Felix Emanuel Schelling

"Architecture is petrified music." - Felix Schelling

"Music is another planet." - Alphonse Daudet

"The southerner talks music." - Mark Twain

"Love music. Love racism." - Simon Amstell

"Music is the best." - Frank Zappa

"Music is my religion." - Jimi Hendrix

"Music is a dialogue." - Alex Van Halen

"Music is my life." - Robert Iler

"Music is a language." - Youssou Ndour

"I love music." - Gaspard Ulliel

"Music is organized sound." - Edgard Varese

"Live music is better." - Neil Young

"Women's music is underrepresented." - Beth Anderson

"Music fathoms the sky." - Charles Baudelaire

"I write emotional music." - Les Baxter

"I love rap music." - Chumlee

"Music is important." - Jessi Colter

"Making music is fantastic." - Warren Cuccurullo

"I love music." - Cote De Pablo

"I love music." - Isaac Hayes

"I write my music." - Tpain

"Comedy is music." - Bradley Cooper

"Music is your guide." - Billy Corgan

"I love all music." - Aretha Franklin

"Everyone deserves music." - Michael Franti

"Soul music is timeless." - Alicia Keys

"I listen to all kinds of music - new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything." - Gyorgy Ligeti

"Music is my love." - Melissa Auf Der Maur

"Music is my release." - Michelle Branch

"I love music." - Debby Boone

"Rock music is niche." - Bono

"Imagery is like music." - Steven Bochco

"Music is inarticulate poesy." - John Dryden

"Music is my hustle." - Pitbull

"I love music." - Anwar Robinson

"Today, music is visual." - Archie Shepp

"I believe in music." - Zubin Mehta

"Pop music has progressed." - Steven Patrick Morrissey

"I love music." - Shania Twain

"Music is my release." - Ed Westwick

"I love recording music." - J J Abrams

"Music inspires me." - Erin Heatherton

"Music is my home." - Jennifer Hudson

"Punk music is rebellious." - Theophilus London

"Live music is healthy." - John Lydon

"Words are music, really." - Tom Waits

"I love country music." - Miranda Lambert

"Music inflames temperament." - Jim Morrison

"I love music, I make films with music, I eat with music, I sleep with music, I think with music. Music makes me dream; it strengthens my creativity." - Bahman Ghobadi

"Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black. Stop arguing. Stop saying I'm Jamaican or I'm Ghanaian. America doesn't care." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"...a young man, Jamaican, perhaps, his head circled in a scarf with sunbleached dreadlocks on piled on top, looking like a plate of soft-shell crabs." - Steve Martin

"[I like to cook] Shepherd's pie, which is a classic British dish. But my version reflects my Jamaican roots, because I add jerk to it as well." - Naomie Harris

"My dad is Greek and my mum Jamaican. My grandparents brought me up for most of my childhood, but I saw my mum and dad all the time." - Lianne La Havas

"My dad knows every single accent from being an old Yiddish grandpa to being Indian or Jamaican. It was very cool to grow up with that." - Ashley Bell

"I was the only black girl at my junior high school. I had an afro, a Jamaican accent, I looked really old." - Grace Jones

"I live in a neighborhood that's really filled with sound - there's a lot of Jamaican auto body shops, and the guys next door play hip hop." - Sxip Shirey

"I don't listen to music. I hate music." - John Lydon

"Let my children have music! Let them hear live music." - Charles Mingus

"Life without music is meaningless, music without life is academic." - Leonard Bernstein

"Music is my life and my life is music." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Music saved my life and Music saves me still." - Alice Herz-Sommer

"There is only one better thing than music - live music." - Jacek Andrzej Bukowski

"Music, I think, he makes me feel like music" - Lauren Oliver

"If you love music, you can play music." - Michael Nesmith

"The music provokes a sharp longing the music soothes." - David Mitchell

"I know this music from memory, not from the music." - Eugene Ormandy

"You can't touch music, but music can touch you" - Mordecai

"What's New Orleans without music? And what's music without dancing?" - Ellen Degeneres

"My favorite music is the music I haven't yet heard" - John Cage

"The only music I don't like is bad music." - Quincy Jones

"You really can't categorize my music, it's human music." - Kendrick Lamar

"The most powerful music is music with purpose." - Tom Morello

"I think music should be scary. Music is an exorcism." - Florence Welch

"Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If everyone can make music. Make better music." - Marilyn Manson

"Music is life. Music defines peoples' experience on this planet." - Mark Hoppus

"You are the music while the music lasts." - T S Eliot

"Dancing music, music sad, Both together, sane and mad..." - John Keats

"New music? Hell, there's been no new music since Stravinsky." - Duke Ellington

"Music is beautiful. Yes, music is great. My music's great." - Jon Anderson

"Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians." - Henry Rollins

"I don't read music. I don't write or read music." - James Taylor

"Music is my living. I enjoy selling my music." - James Taylor

"I like music, a lot of different types of music." - Raymond Kelly

"I make music because I like making music." - Natalia Kills

"First of all I listen to music. I like music." - Gyorgy Ligeti

"New music is absolutely integral to classical music." - Susanna Phillips

"People make music to get a reaction. Music is communication." - Yoko Ono

"We don't need to illustrate music; music illustrates itself." - Twyla Tharp

"I've loved Michael Jackson, his music, his music videos." - Ashley Tisdale

"I think music should be scary. Music is an exorcism." - Florence Welch

"What I do isn't black music; it's just my music." - Daryl Hall

"Music moves my emotions because music loosens me up." - Emmanuel Jal

"I love house music. I love all music." - Concha Buika

"I care about writing music and playing my music." - Carla Bruni

"And I like music, too, I like playing music." - Beau Bridges



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