Big send off for the late “JoJo” Hoo-Kim, Jamaican music producer

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PHOTO CAPTION: Drummer Sly Dunbar, Christopher Irving, bass guitarist Errol "Flabba Holt" Carter and Franklyn Irving at the thanksgiving service for Channel One founder Joseph "JoJo" Hoo-Kim. The service was held at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church in Kingston, Jamaica on October 20.

Joseph “JoJo” Hoo-Kim, the Jamaican music producer who died on September 20, got a hero’s sendoff on October 20 in Kingston, Jamaica. A number of entertainment industry stalwarts who worked with him turned out at his thanksgiving service at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church to pay their respects.

Hoo-Kim was 75 years-old when he died from liver cancer in New York City.

Former founder of Channel One in Jamaica

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He was the eldest of four brothers who ran the successful Channel One recording studio in Kingston. The complex, which opened in 1972, was located in the tough Maxfield Avenue community; it produced songs that reflected Jamaica’s turbulent political climate of the 1970s.

During that period, Hoo-Kim guided a team of creative musicians and engineers on songs like I Need A Roof by The Mighty Diamonds, Jah Jah Give us Life by The Wailing Souls and Leroy Smart’s Ballistic Affair.

“It was good to see a lot of people who JoJo help come an’ show dem face, like (producers) Gussie (Clarke) and (Donovan) Germain. I used to see dem at Channel One when dem jus’ start,” said Franklyn Irving, a close friend of the Hoo-Kim family.

Irving and his older brother Christopher Irving, former manager at Channel One, attended the service. So too Hoo-Kim’s younger brother Ernest, chief engineer at Channel One; drummer Sly Dunbar, a member of The Revolutionaries, the studio’s house band; Dunbar’s longtime musical partner, bass guitarist Robbie Shakespeare, bassist Lloyd Parks, Jamaica’s entertainment minister Olivia Grange, music producer Winston “Niney” Holness and Tabby and Judge of The Mighty Diamonds.

Hoo-Kim is survived by his wife Joyce, eleven children and several grandchildren.

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