Residents of French Line, near Aburi in the Eastern region, kept wake Saturday night to help salvage property and save Studio One, a multimillion-dollar recording studio built in memory of reggae legend Bob Marley, and currently managed by Mrs. Marley, from an inferno that gutted the edifice.
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But, the fire which started around 6:30pm and quickly spread throughout the studio, part of which was built with wooden structures completely razed down the building throughout Saturday night till Sunday dawn when the rains set in to finally put out the fire.
As at 11:00pm when the Heritage team left the scene, a few belongings from the studio had been salvaged and personnel from the Akropong and Madina branches of the Ghana National Fire Service were busy putting all resources at their disposal together to fight the fire.
Wife of late Bob Marley, Rita, was said to be have furnished the studio with modern equipment for a major commissioning later this year. She was however very calm as fire fighters struggled to put out the fire.
The cause of the fire was not immediately officially known, but eye witnesses suspect it could have been caused by electrical faults since the house is hooked on both solar energy and the national electricity grid. Nonetheless, common talk in the neighborhood, which sounded callous, was that “they have smoked wee so much that it has touched their own expensive building.”
Items destroyed included modern music equipment, traditional wooden art works, some personal belongings, as well as Bob Marley’s original music and video tapes. A number of Rastafarian and reggae lovers thronged the premises to sympathize with Rita Marley. Some foreign nationals from Britain and Jamaica were also spotted in their numbers empathizing with Mrs. Marley.
Bob Marley remains the best thing that ever happened to the reggae world, and residents expressed hope that efforts will be made to retrieve most of his original materials for posterity.