As a young man championing sounds from Jamaica, the story of the son of an Army Sergeant Major from the English Countryside, should make a pretty good headline. In the case of David Rodigan, his story is now heading to print and being published as a book in March.
At 65, and still going stronger than ever, David Rodigan as a DJ has been a longstanding stalwart of the Reggae music scene bringing us the sounds of Jamaica over five decades. Through a succession of different genres – from ska and rocksteady to dub, lovers rock to roots and dancehall – Rodigan’s consistent dedication to Reggae music has earned him multi-generational respect from both Reggae artists and fans across the globe.
Still dominating UK and Europe’s biggest music festival stages, Rodigan has been clashing sound systems for decades, previously winning Red Bull Culture Clash with his Rebel Sound system. As a pioneer on British radio, he’s harboured a self described ‘obsession’ with music from Jamaica, bringing his selections to BBC Radio 1Xtra, and hosting his own annual 3 month Summer Series on BBC Radio 2.
David Rodigan has stories to tell not only about his own journey but his journey into the heartlands of reggae, to the downtown dancehalls of Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica.
“I’ve always been a champion for the artists and the music, but it was never really about my journey. However, over the years, my story has entwined with Reggae as has my relationship with the culture and people of Jamaica. I was reluctant to publish an autobiography but I was frequently told by artists that I needed to ‘write it down’, not just for myself but for the music, to document the journey and the sounds we’ve come to love. So here I am at the sprightly age of 65 telling my story. I am proud to have been an ambassador for this great music over the past 40 years.”
Rodigan is the untold story of how a boy from Oxfordshire became one of the most revered international ambassadors for a music form that remains as proud as ever of its African roots. A sound that has risen in popularity again and again, emanating out of poor ghetto’s and reaching across many generations and countries.
David will be celebrating the launch of the book with a handful of intimate Q&A events, featuring special guests on selected dates, including Gilles Peterson, Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), Daddy G (Massive Attack) and Mungo’s Hi-Fi. The events, encompassing London, Bristol, Glasgow and Liverpool, will see David in conversation followed by exclusive sets as he narrates through his vintage dubplate collection.
Catch Rodigan at his Book Launch or during his Q&A Tour
3 March – Mick’s Garage, London (hosted by Gilles Peterson, DJ sets from David Rodigan and Jazzie B of Soul II Soul)
11 March – The Lantern Colston Hall, Bristol
25 March – The Art School, Glasgow
26 March – The Merchant, Liverpool