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'Nowhere else I'd want to be' - Barbara Gloudon

SHE'S SEEMS so familiar that many Jamaicans feel they know Barbara Joy Gloudon. The renowned journalist, playwright and cultural activist comes into our homes almost daily through radio station RJR's day time talk show, Hotline. Gloudon divides her time between the Little Theatre, where she is the chairperson, Hotline, and her communications business. We asked her about her favourite aspects of Jamaican culture.

PASTA PASTA...
made with chicken would be her last meal, if she had a choice, although she doesn't really have a favourite dish. Oh, but pudding would definitely have to be part of that last supper.

ROGER MAIS WRITING STYLE...
Is impeccable and his stories capture the Jamaican culture as it is. However, she doesn't have a favourite author, says Gloudon in response to the question about her favourite local writer.

THE PANTOMIMES...
I've written over the years - all of them are my favourite but I would say 'Anancy Come back' stands out because of the African heritage it represents.

KUMINA IS THE STRONGEST...
of our traditional folk dances in terms of the ancestral statement it makes coming from slavery days.

IF I WERE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY TOMORROW...
and had a chance to pass on one folk song to someone special it would be 'We ancestors them were kings and queens'. It tells of who we are and where we are coming from.

PAUL BOGLE'S WALK FROM MORANT BAY TO SPANISH TOWN...
to speak to the Governor, although he knew that it could've cost him his life, is one of the memorable incidents in Jamaican history, says Gloudon. He did it for the sake of his people.

I LOVE ALL OF LOUISE BENNETT'S PIECES...
but one piece in particular, 'Miss Mary Turkey dead' reminds me of an incident that happened to a close family friend.

I LIKE THE PLACES...
that are deep country and hilly.

THERE IS NO WHERE ELSE...
I would want to live. I like to know that I can open my doors or windows and keep them open but if you live in the States this is not so, the doors will have to be closed. I want to know that I can live where I can be free.

­ Andrene Brown

 


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