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Coxsone Dodd’s daughter’s bar hit by burglars in Ocho Rios

Morna Dodd, the British daughter of iconic producer Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, says her bar, Dodd’s Lounge, was ransacked by thieves about a month ago over Easter weekend.

“They took everything, all my liquor, the television sets and they broke into the gambling boxes and took the money that had been collected over the Easter weekend,” said Birmingham-based Dodd.

Ocho Rios police confirmed the robbery.

“We restocked the bar, we had to, I had some money and we bought a limited stock, but we’re going to keep going despite the fight we’ve been given. Everything will be ready for the big event this weekend,” she said DancehallMag.

Mrs. Dodd is planning a special annual tribute to her father, the late Sir Coxsone Dodd, at her bar, Dodd’s Lounge, located at 12 Main Street in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. The event takes place on May 4.

Dodd, who had emigrated to Britain as a child with her mother, Una Hutchinson, decided to return to Jamaica to establish Dodd’s Lounge after a British High Court ruled that she could no longer own a bar in Birmingham, the Coxsone Lounge exploit.

In the lawsuit, her own father’s estate lawyers – on behalf of the estate’s administrators – complained that she had passed off her reggae-themed Birmingham bar – the Coxsone Lounge – as linked to her father’s estate. Ms Dodd was also told last year that she did not have the right to license some of her father’s music to a Japanese company.

The case left Mrs Dodd paying £26,000 in lawyers’ bills, as well as the costs of removing her father’s name from her bar.

“That whole thing was illegal and full of pure lies. How can they tell me that I can’t do anything with my father’s name? I’m going to take it to the Privy Council, I’m going to sue the lawyers in England, take them to court. I was not the man’s child. They said I’m not Dodd, that’s illegal, I’m going to fight it to the end. They wrote to me about the legal fees, but I told them to take it out of my share of the estate. It’s been 20 years since my father died, and I don’t get a cent,” she said.

Her father died on May 4, 2004, leaving his multimillion-pound fortune, including shares in the company that licenses his extensive music catalogue, to relatives. However, after a series of high-profile arguments in the Jamaican courts and the High Court in London, Mrs Dodd, 65, is still fighting to receive her share of her famous father’s wealth.

Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd

Even though the famous producer left a will, a series of ‘competing claims’ are being made by other potential heirs. This impasse has resulted in the administration of the estate being taken over by the Administrator General of Jamaica, leaving the estate in an impasse.

Two years ago the public row embroiled Ms Dodd in a fight over the Coxosne Lounge that reached the Supreme Court. The High Court judge ruled that “irrespective of her right under that will, such assets are currently the property of the estate. Any portion of the assets to which Mrs Dodd is entitled are not yet in her possession and so she has no right to exploit them.

She has promised to fight to the end.

“The whole colonial system here is corrupt, just like they are fighting Vybz Kartel, they are fighting me, this needs to be brought to their attention so they can deal with it. No one doesn’t celebrate my father’s life. “I am the only one trying to honor my father’s memory, but they still fight me,” she said.

Since her father’s death, Morna’s older brother, Clement Dodd Jr., died. from cancer, and her stepmother, whom she battled, also died. But she promises to keep fighting.

“I’m a fighter, just like my dad,” she said.

Sir Coxsone Dodd played an important role in the development of ska and reggae in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He had the first black-owned recording studio in Jamaica and even had a popular sound system, Downbeat. Coxsone regularly held auditions on Sunday evenings in search of new talent, and it was during this period that Dodd auditioned Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer who sang as part of The Wailers.

As shown in the Bob Marley: One love film, the Wailers had their first recording session with Dodd. The union produced one LP, two number one hits, Let simmer And It hurts to be aloneand lesser known songs such as Straight and narrow roadAnd How often.

At the Studio One location, Bob Marley even lived there for a while, lying in a back room provided to the young star by Mr Dodd. Bob Marley also reportedly married Rita with the help of Sir Coxsone.

In the early 1960s, Dodd produced ska hits by Toots and the Maytals, the Gaylads and the Skatalites. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Studio One produced hits for Burning Spear, Ras Michael, Delroy Wilson, Horace Andy, Sound Dimension and Sugar Minott.

Studio One would go on to produce major international artists on a regular basis and it wasn’t long before it was dubbed the University of Reggae and even the founding label of all reggae music.

Coxsone conceptualized the idea of ​​a vertically integrated studio with a record label, record stores and a popular dancehall sound system, a successful model later adopted by other producers.

In 1963, he founded Studio One, where ska legends The Skatalites were the house band, recording dozens of songs a week.

In the evening, up-and-coming singers — including a teenage Bob Marley and fellow Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer — added vocals.

The label’s greatest success was in the 1960s, but it continued into the 1970s, giving breaks to future reggae stars including Horace Andy and Burning Spear.

Mr Dodd died in 2004 at the age of 72, leaving a legacy of approximately 6,000 titles, licensed by his company, Jamaica Recording and Publishing Company Limited.