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Reggae Vocalist Jennifer Lara Dies

Reggae singer Jennifer Lara, one of the scene's most prolific backing vocalists, has died.

The Jamaican Gleaner announced the sad news yesterday (19th June), and reported that Norma Dodd (widow of Studio One's Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd) who knew Ms. Lara for over 30 years, informed them that the singer died in a Kingston Hospital after suffering a stroke.

Jennifer recorded at Coxsone Dodd's famed Studio One studio for most of her career and released her own album in the 70s entitled 'Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara' (pictured left).

It is reported that her last song - 'Ordinary People' (a duet with Dalton Browne) - was recorded at Studio One just two weeks ago and she toured recently as a backing vocalist with The Ethiopians.

During her over 35 year association with the studio, Jennifer Lara added backing vocals to the songs of some of the camp's biggest names, including Delroy Wilson, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown and Sugar Minott.

Musicologist Bunny Goodison described Ms. Lara as Studio One's "resident harmonist". He added: "She was a very likeable person, got on with everyone."

Jennifer, who was aged 52 when she died, is survived by her two children, Ika and Cheka.

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