KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Kenneth Hoo Kim, a Jamaican record producer who helped operate a well-known reggae music studio, has died. He was 66.
Hoo Kim’s wife, Selma, said Friday that he died from lung cancer at a hospital in Jamaica.
Hoo Kim was one of four brothers who ran the famed Channel One studio, which opened in 1972. It was
located in a gritty area in Kingston and produced hits including I Need a Roof by the Mighty Diamonds, Ballistic Affair by Leroy Smart and War by Wailing Souls.
The studio helped launch the career of drummer Sly Dunbar, a member of the Channel One house band, The Revolutionaries.
The studio stopped recording in the early 1980s because of gang violence in the community.
Hoo Kim is survived by five children.