$100-Million loss for Striker Lee as studio burns down; no insurance

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Over $100 - millions dollars in equipment and infrastructure has burnt during the recent fire at the studio of legendary music producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee.

Lee's Gorgon Entertainment Studio was destroyed by fire on March 9. The building and equipment were reportedly uninsured. The building, located in Duhaney Park in St Andrew, also houses a museum that contains Lee's music archive. That section was spared.

The producer's engineer, Newton Williams, who escaped with minor burns was at the studio when the fire broke out. According to Williams "everything happened in a split second".

"I was setting up for a vocal session and as I plugged in the 24-track tape, I heard a popping sound. When I looked behind me, I saw the room engulfed in flames. I took my shirt off and attempted to out the blaze but it was already out of control," Williams said.

Among the equipment lost in the blaze were two computers, reel-to-reel recorders, Pro Tool Machines and sets of 2-16 tracks tapes.

It was in 1972 that Striker Lee s bought the building from the late producer Joe Gibbs for about $30,000. He then went to England and shopped for the best equipment available. Leee noted that almost every veteran artiste has recorded at Gorgon's Entertainment Studio.

"Bob Marley recorded in that studio. Is in there Peter Tosh record Mawga Dawg," he said.

Lee said Nicky Thomas's Love Of The Common People and Have A Little Faith were also done there. Other entertainers that have used the equipment include Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Joseph 'Culture' Hill, Roy Shirley, John Holt, Slim Smith, Beenie Man and Elephant Man.

Lee began his musical career in 1962 when he was first introduced to producer and sound system operator Duke Reid. He would go on to create music of his own, working with some of the pioneers in the development of the Jamaican music industry. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer class) for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music.

Lee and his team are currently cleaning up and expect to refurbish the studio and restart operations later this year.