Refurbished Studio One a potential tourist hotspot

Cultural luminaries say the refurbishment of Studio One into an attraction hotspot can exponentially boost the tourism, cultural and entertainment sector.

Last Wednesday evening (Jan. 29) a wave of friends, families and reggae lovers flooded Studio One in celebration of Clement Seymour “Coxsone” Dodd legacy and his contribution to the birth and development of reggae and ska.

“It will become a kind of access point for many people and visitors to the island and form part of the reggae month activities.”

— Professor Donna Hope

Senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Professor Donna Hope shared that the restoration of Studio One as one of Jamaica’s treasured and historical establishments has the propensity to attract visitors worldwide.

Professor Donna Hope (left) and Dr Carolyn Cooper share some lens in time in front of a section of the newly installed murals at Studio One (Photo: Chris Lewinson/BUZZ)

“I believe that this location with the murals will become an attraction. People will want to come and see it and I will probably take my students to come and look at the murals and look at the location.

The newly installed murals done by Andrew Parle. (Photo: Chris Lewinson/BUZZ)

“It has been repurposed and refurbished so we can say this is Studio One and show the pictures on the mural and say this is Sugar Minot etc and tell them how the kinds of connections they had to Studio One and Sir Coxsone Dodd. It will become a kind of access point for many people and visitors to the island and form part of the reggae month activities,” she told BUZZ.

It was an atmosphere of love and celebration for the mural unveiling at Studio One. (Photo: Chris Lewinson/BUZZ)

She lauded the Dodd family for their efforts to revamp Studio One in a forceful way while noting that it’s a unique method to preserve Jamaica’s rich history. 

“I think the mural unveiling is a great initiative. It’s one of the ways that helps us to document Jamaican music, the history of Jamaican music as well as Sir Coxsone Dodd’s contribution to the overall development of the musical genres that have fed into all the ones that we have around us in Jamaica today,” she said.

Echoing similar sentiments, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the UWI Mona, Dr Carolyn Cooper, says Jamaica needs to seek more creative ways to commemorate those who have made significant contributions to the country. 

“I think the mural is a beautiful celebration of the artists that passed through Studio One. I think we need to have more of these acts of celebration to recognise the people who really created this huge global music.

“I also think sometimes, Jamaicans, we take each other lightly and the echo we are always creating. We just need to stop and acknowledge and big up what we have accomplished,” she told BUZZ.