[Cole] was led to be­lieve that the songs were be­ing copy­righted for him by the record com­pany.

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - En­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

THE MAR­LEY fam­ily and Tuff Gong Mu­sic are yet to re­lease a state­ment ad­dress­ing the law­suit be­ing filed against the lat­ter by Al­lan ‘Skill’ Cole, one-time man­ager of the late reg­gae icon, Bob Mar­ley.

Amid re­ports in sev­eral in­ter­na­tional me­dia out­lets that Cole has filed a law­suit against Tuff Gong and Is­land Def Jam Group (a divi­sion of Univer­sal Mu­sic) for in­fring­ing on his rights as co-writer of two of Mar­ley’s fa­mous songs, The Gleaner sought to get a com­ment from the fam­ily on the mat­ter, but no re­sponse has been forth­com­ing, de­spite phone calls and emails sent.

News about the law­suit first broke on the week­end after Bill­board and the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter both re­leased sto­ries stat­ing that Cole had filed a law­suit in the Penn­syl­va­nia fed­eral court after re­cently dis­cov­er­ing that he does not own the copy­rights to the songs War and Natty Dread, which he claims to have co-writ­ten.


Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports, Cole hired a lawyer back in May to help him trans­fer one half of his in­ter­est in War, to the fam­ily of for­mer Ethiopian Em­peror, Haile Se­lassie, when he found out that Tuff Gong Mu­sic holds the copy­right.

“[Cole] was led to be­lieve that the songs were be­ing copy­righted for him by the record com­pany,” states the com­plaint. “[Cole] was never em­ployed by Tuff Gong Mu­sic.”

The song War is an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Haile Se­lassie’s 1936 speech to the League of Na­tions.

Al­lan ‘Skill’ Cole and Bob Mar­ley were very close friends. In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in The Gleaner in March 2016, Cole de­scribed their re­la­tion­ship in de­tail, say­ing that it was mu­sic and foot­ball that brought them to­gether.

“He (Bob) loved foot­ball and I loved mu­sic. It was part of a di­vine plan. That’s how we came to­gether,” he said.

The as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the two deep­ened and the pair be­gan work­ing on songs to­gether. It is re­ported that Cole wrote Mar­ley’s hit, Rat Race, and co-wrote with him on Natty Dread and Johnny Was. Cole was also Mar­ley’s man­ager at one point. Songs that were recorded un­der Cole’s man­age­ment in­cluded Guava Jelly, Craven Choke Puppy, Con­crete Jun­gle, Lick Samba, Lively Up Your­self, Red­der Than Red, Belly Full But Them Hun­gry, Natty Dread, and Screw­face.


Al­lan ‘Skill’ Cole

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