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Whether you’re new to reggae or a longtime listener, this BBC documentary will leave you in awe of how contagious and powerful music can be. David Rodigan is an unlikely hero within the reggae community. He began his career as a reggae presenter on Radio London after initially being turned down for the job because they were specifically looking for a black presenter.
As Rodigan recalls in the documentary, “It transpired that they played my audition tape along with other black presenters to black producers and black people in the music industry. According to the people at the BBC, I was told they had identified this voice [as someone] who clearly knew what he was talking about. And I did know what I was talking about, I just happened to not be Jamaican and not be black.”
Since then, Rodigan aka “Roddy, Ram Jam” has become a permanent fixture on UK radio and his shows are listened to around the world, especially in Jamaica. He’s a highly respected DJ and has performed in sound clashes with established reggae soundsystems like Killamanjaro, Stone Love, Barry G and Bass Odyssey. He’s even won a few, including World Clash 2012, which earned him the title of World Clash Champion.
His story is one of pure love, passion, and respect for the music.