Dreadlocked musicians, political leaders and mourning fans turned out Saturday for the funeral of legendary reggae producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd.
Dodd, a pioneer of reggae who helped launch the career of Bob Marley and dozens of other artists, died May 4 of an apparent heart attack at his famed Studio One in Kingston. He was 72. The funeral was delayed for weeks while arrangements were made.
To the strains of a gospel choir, some 500 mourners filed through Kingston's Holy Trinity Cathedral past Dodd's casket, which was adorned with album covers of his early hits.
"We have lost a great man, a man who made Jamaican music a household name," the Rev. Oswald Tie said in his eulogy. "His vision gave rise to the sound that brought Jamaica to the world arena."
Grammy-winning artists Shaggy and Beenie Man attended as well as opposition leader and former prime minister Edward Seaga, himself a former record producer.
In 1963, Dodd opened Studio One, the Caribbean island's first black-owned music studio. Later that year, he was introduced to a singer named Bob Marley, who auditioned for Dodd with his band, the Wailers.
Dodd signed the group to a five-year contract, launching a musical career that would take Marley to the heights of international fame before his death in 1981.