Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Reggae Legend David Rodigan

Discovering David "Ram Jam" Rodigan was like a revelation for me - I had heard his voice in countless samples on jungle records, but I never imagined that voice belonged to a white guy. Turns out that "Father Rodigan" was a major force in the rise of reggae music in the UK, and is widely regarded as one of the best reggae DJs in the world. As a DJ for the BBC in the 70s, he traveled to Jamaica to cover the music scene and bring new sounds to the UK, including Bob Marley, Tenor Saw, and countless other greats. He was an ambassador for the music, and artists provided him with 'special' dubplates for his show that often included his name in the vocals. Over the years, he started DJing in soundclashes - a reggae concert where two sound system crews compete for the best audience response. With his arsenal of dubplates he conquered many sound systems, and his style of toasting over the records became legendary. Take a look at the video below to get a little taste - this guy is 100% the real deal, and still going strong.

David Rodigan (Wikipedia)

Rodigans Radio (Myspace)

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