Book Launch, Q&A and Exclusive Dubplate Set
“I’m doing a London Book Launch Q&A and a one-off exclusive dubplate set to celebrate with special guest Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B; and hosted by the mighty Gilles Peterson. It’s going to be a very special intimate evening of stories and dubplates” – David Rodigan
This is the unlikely story of David Rodigan: an Army Sergeant’s Major’s son from the English countryside who has the man who championed Reggae music across the world. As the sounds of Jamaica has morphed over five decades through a succession of different genres – from ska and rocksteady to dub, roots and dancehall – Rodigan has remained its constant champion, winning the respect of generation after generation of reggae followers across the globe.
Today, at the age of 65, he is a headline performer across the UK and Europe’s biggest music festivals, as well as events across the world. Young people revere him and he is a leading presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra, not to mention hosting his own annual 3 month Summer Series on BBC Radio 2. And he continues to go into the heartlands of reggae, to the downtown dancehalls of Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica to compete in sound clash tournaments against the greatest sound systems around.
And yet, for all this, David Rodigan is the antithesis of the stereotype of an international dance music DJ. ‘I look like an accountant or a dentist’ is how he describes himself. A man of impeccable manners, Rodigan prepares for a sound clash by retiring to his hotel bed with a Thomas Hardy novel before taking a nap and then a cup of espresso before heading to the club.
Rodigan is the inside story of this apparent paradox. It tells how a boy from Oxfordshire has become an admired international ambassador for a music form that remains as proud as ever of its African roots, a sound that emanates from and fiercely represents the ghetto poor, now reaches across the age groups, from teens through to those of his vintage. At the pinnacle of his career, Rodigan has become the DJ for all generations. Rodigan is a life lived in Reggae.