Studio One: Ready for business

22 JAN,2012

The doors of Studio One — Jamaica’s most renowned studio and record label — re-opened for business earlier this week.

Speaking with Splash Courtney Dodd, son of the late owner Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd — who is now overseeing operations — says he is looking to record several reggae/dancehall artistes inside the historic studios which spawned the careers of luminaries including Bob Marley and Marcia Griffiths.

“These artistes will be voicing on authentic Studio One riddims, the first being the Hi-jack riddim,” says Dodd.

This riddim was arranged several years ago but remained unused as the studio’s operations were put on pause after the passing of Sir Coxsone in 2004.

Among the first artistes expected to be recorded is reggae singer Prophecy. Dodd further states although there will be an in-house band comprising of veteran Studio One musicians, as well as a few fresh faces, only engineers and producer services will be active for the next several weeks.

Located on Studio One Boulevard, formerly Brentford Road in Kingston, Studio One first opened its doors in the 1950s and since then has established a global identity. Most of the top reggae recording artistes of the era, including the Skatalites, The Ethiopians, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, John Holt, Horace Andy, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown, and Alton Ellis recorded at Studio One.