Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Faces of Cayman: Quincy Brown

Quincy Brown
Photo credit: Helen Brown

Quincy Brown Photo credit: Helen Brown

This week's Face of Cayman is Quincy Brown, a singer, an actor, a storyteller, a Tourism Ambassador at The Owen Roberts International Airport and a proud Caymanian.

Originally from 'the Brac', Quincy is a well-known and well-loved character in the Cayman Islands. It's not difficult to see or feel why.

I listen to his voice, on the other end of a phone line, as birds and chickens eagerly try to compete-- but they are no match for his oral presence. Quincy Brown is a master orator. I ask him what he loves most about Cayman and his response flows like beautiful poetry.

"What three things do I love about here?" he asks, and I can almost see that dry smile that adds so much expression to his rendition... 

"There are so many things I love about being here but if I'm to narrow it down to only three... The friendliness of the people... the fact that we live in a melting pot... a multicultural society... Black, white, rich, poor, Indian, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Afrikaner, Atheist... we are from diverse backgrounds living in the Cayman Islands and we all seem to get on. I love our fusion of cultures.  I also love Caymanian cuisine; the traditional Caymanian food, absolutely! Rundown, turtle stew, coconut dinner, conch stew, Cayman style beef... But I also like the international cuisine that we have in Cayman... I love dining out at restaurants... and the natural lifestyle that we have here... the beaches, diving, snorkeling, bluff climbing and sunsets."

Quincy Brown             PHOTO CREDIT: HELEN JONES

In addition to working in customer service as a Tourism Ambassador at the airport, Quincy has been engaged with the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) in the preservation of Caymanian heritage, which he describes as "an opportunity to hone my skills as an actor, singer and storyteller on the stage."

Sadly, this larger-than-life personality is experiencing the same unfortunate circumstances as many of those who are employed within the tourism industry. "I am currently laid off," he laments. "No flights are coming in and I have been laid off with no pay."

But regardless of his circumstances, Quincy remains upbeat and optimistic about the future and looks forward to continuing to share Cayman with the world.

"I love the Cayman Islands," says Quincy Brown. "It's home and it's great to share our home with others."

This profile is part of the Faces of Cayman project, a joint project between photographer, Helen Jones and Loop Cayman.

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