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Reggae legend buried in Jamaica
Clement Dodd
Dodd was a pioneer of reggae
Hundreds of fans, musicians and political leaders turned out for the funeral of reggae producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd in Jamaica on Saturday.

Dodd, who helped launch the careers of Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry, died aged 72 earlier this month.

He founded the Studio One recording complex in 1963, signing up Marley the same year.

Mourners in Kingston included reggae stars Shaggy and Beenie Man, and former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga.

Some 500 mourners filed past Dodd's casket in the city's Holy Trinity Cathedral, which was adorned with album covers of some of his early hits.


In his eulogy, Rev Oswald Tie said Dodd was "a great man, a man who made Jamaican music a household name".

Bob Marley
Bob Marley was among Dodd's many discoveries
"His vision gave rise to the sound that brought Jamaica to the world arena."

Fans danced and sang outside the cathedral as an orchestra from the Alpha Boys' School performed some of Dodd's music.

Dodd left Jamaica as a young man to cut sugar cane in the American South, where he was exposed to the outdoor R&B parties popular among rural blacks.

Later, he returned to Jamaica and bought a PA system, naming it "Sir Coxsone's Downbeat" which became one of the country's best known sound systems.

After opening Studio One he was introduced to a scruffy singer named Bob Marley, who auditioned for Dodd with his band, the Wailers.

Impressed, Dodd signed the group to a five-year contract, launching a musical career that would span three decades and take Marley to the heights of international acclaim.

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