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Quando Judy Mowatt perdeu os direitos do seu nome

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É uma estrela incontestável da realeza do reggae, mas houve uma altura em que Judy Mowatt quase se afastou da música após ter perdido os direitos do seu nome.

Judith Mowatt começou a sua carreira enquanto dançarina, antes de se tornar vocalista das Gaylettes, em 1960.

O grupo, que contava ainda com Beryl Lawson e Merie Clemonson, chamou a atenção do dono da Federal Records, Ken Khouri.

Mowatt relembrou numa entrevista à I Never Knew TV quando lhe ofereceram dois contratos, um com o grupo e outro como solista.

“They wanted me to sign a contract separate and a part from the group. This lady, Mrs. Khouri, brought like a book – it’s a contract but it looks like a book – and what she was naming, the terms, sounded real good. She was not allowing me to read, plus I had no legal tutoring, no understanding about legal affairs, so whatever they told me, I would just take that as truth.”

“There were a lot of other things offered and I went ahead and I signed the contract based on what I was told, only to find out that the contract was perpetual; it was forever and it renew itself every three years…”

O grupo vocal acabou por terminar, e a editora estava a apostar tudo no sucesso da carreira a solo de Mowatt. Porém, quando isso não aconteceu, a cantora percebeu que não tinha os direitos do seu nome artístico.

“They put me on the shelf so there was no way I can record because I have this contract over my head. I can’t go and record for anybody, so I cannot do anything. My career would have ended where it started.”

A sua carreira parecia estar condenada. A artista não tinha grandes opções e encontrava-se numa situação financeira delicada. Foi aí que recebeu uma chamada da produtora Sonia Pottinger.

“I always wanted to get an opportunity to work with her and for her but I didn’t want to just go and let her know that I needed to work. When I went to see her, she told me that she had a rhythm that she wanted me to sing a song on, and that was ‘I Shall Sing’ (originally performed by Miriam Makeba). Now I need a name because Judy Mowatt is signed perpetually to Federal Records, so there is no way I can use Judy Mowatt name out there.”

Foi aí que surgiu outro nome, Juliane. Com esse nome gravou temas como “Cry to Me”, “Way Over Yonder” e “She Kept Talking”.

“It was difficult now because when I go on stage to perform, I have a problem. The people know me as Judy, so I was singing Juliane’s songs but people not knowing that it’s not two different people, it’s one and the same, so that created another problem. It took a while, but finally, I got out of the contract. I got a lawyer and I got out of the contract.”

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