Legendary Leela Vernon Hospitalized
At this station, we want to wish the Queen of Brukdown, Leela Vernon, a speedy recovery. Leela has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the K.H.M.H. since last Friday ailing with kidney complications. The Punta Gorda born singer is known for a wide repertoire of Kriol songs, including one widely celebrated for its message: “Ah wah know who seh Kriol no have no kulcha?” This afternoon, we caught up with Myrna Manzanarez, a close friend of Vernon, who also sits on the National Creole Council and was visiting with the icon. This is what she told us:
Myrna Manzanarez, Cultural Attaché, National Creole Council
“Yes Leela is sick and that’s worrying for us that she is ill because she is one of the persons who really has given a lot of precedence to the National Creole Council; the amount of knowledge that that lady has of our culture is amazing. That is the reason why you see she went into that when she said, “Ah Wah Know Who Seh Kriol Noh Got No Culture?” For Leila, I went to visit her about three or four months ago in PG. So now I was concerned that she is sick now. I really, really wish the best for her and she is a person that everybody—you talk about eulogize; not to kill her, but to big her up. I noh care who, I noh care if dah political party or if dah people weh noh like ahn—but everybody has to understand that this is a national cultural icon.”
“Ma’am how old is she? When did she get sick or fell ill? Do you know any of this?”
“I can’t answer a lot of those questions and I wouldn’t answer it because you would need to talk to the family; it wouldn’t be fair for me to be saying anything. I came to see her the day before yesterday and she was in good spirits; she was talking to us and everything and we had somebody pray for her and everything. Yesterday I couldn’t go, but I understand that she wasn’t doing as well as she the day before. So I am here today because I want her to know that I am here.”
Her family is making an appeal for type A-positive blood donations. Anyone who is willing to assist, please contact her daughter Danika Marzlin at 668-1935.