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Rhoda Dakar

Rhoda Dakar (born 1959) is a British singer and musician, best known as the lead singer of The Bodysnatchers, who were signed to the 2 Tone record label.


Dakar, born in Hampstead, London, joined The Bodysnatchers in 1979. Their first single was a double A-side, "Let's Do Rocksteady" backed with "Ruder Than You". It reached # 22 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The band were invited to appear on Top of the Pops, to tour with The Selecter and to record a session for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Several members of the Bodysnatchers then left to form the Belle Stars.

Dakar also collaborated with The Specials. Her duet with Terry Hall, "I Can't Stand It", appeared on the album, More Specials. After The Specials announced their break up in 1981, Jerry Dammers formed a new band called The Special AKA, along with Dakar and John Bradbury. Their first single release, "The Boiler" reached # 35 in the UK Singles Chart in 1982.[2]

Dakar performed on The Special AKA album, In the Studio, which featured the UK Top 10 hit single, "Free Nelson Mandela". The album reached # 34 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Her first solo album, Cleaning In Another Woman's Kitchen, was released in November 2007 on Moon Ska World. It featured new acoustic versions of songs from her Bodysnatchers days, as well as material co-written with Nick Welsh, who attended the same comprehensive school as Buster Bloodvessel, and who recorded under the guise of King Hammond in the early 1990s. Dakar and Welsh released a garage rock album, Back To The Garage, on N1 Records in April 2009.

In 2009 she was the featured guest vocalist on the song "On The Town" on the Madness album The Liberty of Norton Folgate. She performed the track with them at their Madstock show in Victoria Park in July 2009.



The Bodysnatchers

  • "Let's Do Rocksteady" UK # 22 (March 1980)
  • "Easy Life" UK # 50 (July 1980)[1]

The Special AKA

  • "The Boiler" UK # 35 (January 1982)
  • "Racist Friend" UK # 60 (September 1983)
  • "Free Nelson Mandela" UK # 9 (March 1984)
  • "What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend" UK # 51 (September 1984)[2]


  • Various Artists - Dance Craze # 5 (February 1981)
  • Various Artists - This Are Two Tone UK # 51 (November 1983)
  • Various Artists - The Two Tone Story UK # 16 (July 1989)
  • The Special AKA - In The Studio # UK 34 (June 1984)
  • Rhoda Dakar - Cleaning In Another Woman's Kitchen (November 2007)
  • Rhoda Dakar & Nick Welsh - Back To The Garage (April 2009)


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 68.  
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 519.  
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