Reggae DJ David Rodigan MBE has announced via Twitter that he has joined BBC 1xtra.
In November 2012 Rodigan resigned as KISS FM after 22 years of service at the station.
After handing in his resignation Rodigan said in a statement:
Due to their continued marginalisation of reggae music into the twilight zone of radio scheduling, it has left me no option but to make a stand for my passion and the music I love so dearly.”
Well.. well… it didn’t take Rodigan long to find a new home on the airwaves did it?
DJ Robbo Ranx better watch his back (hahaha) #Justsaying
Usually when a DJ leaves a radio station or is kicked to the curb like a dusty old rag doll, it takes up to 3 years before BBC 1xtra’s competitor Choice FM comes to their rescue with a mysteriously vacated time slot.
The Independant reports that one of Britain’s best known Reggae deejay’s David Rodigan has resigned from Kiss FM, after 22 years of service at the station.
In a statement Rodigan said:
“I’ve been with the station for 22 years, shared some wonderful times with many fantastic artists and members of staff and it’s with great sadness that I’ve come to this decision. Due to their continued marginalisation of reggae music into the twilight zone of radio scheduling, it has left me no option but to make a stand for my passion and the music I love so dearly.”
As Bob Marley famously said “the stone that the builder refused will be the head corner stone.” Reggae was originally played on the streets, not on radio, and Kiss’ refusal to schedule the only reggae show on their network to a socially accessible time has resulted in this decision. Reggae is worthy of more respect and so are the fans and lovers of this music.
According to The Independent Rodigan was moved to a midnight slot on the Bauer Media-owned station, in order to accommodate a show hosted by the singer Craig David.
A Kiss FM spokesperson said:
“We are very sad and disappointed to confirm that David Rodigan has left Kiss after 22 years. We have the utmost love and respect for David both personally and professionally – he leaves with our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all that he has achieved with Kiss. Kiss remains passionate about broadcasting a brilliant cross section of music genres, including reggae, to our audiences across multiple platforms and devices.”
CLICK HERE to read more.
KISS FM deejay Shortee Blitz tweeted:
So they moved Rodigan’s popular Reggae show to accommodate Craig David’s weekly broadcasts from his Miami penthouse in the sky?
I have fond memories of Rodigan. My mum used to always have his radio show on at full blast every Sunday at 2pm, while getting me ready for Sunday School. This was back when he was on Capital FM.
This is sad news especially for Reggae fans but I have a feeling that Rodigan will be back on the airwaves soon.
BBC 1xtra DJ Robbo Ranx presents a special documentary on Tuff Gong Studios in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th independence. With exclusive performances from, Beenie Man, Capleton, Elephant Man, TOK, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Agent Sasco, Christopher Martin, Mr Vegas, Khago and ‘Gyptian.
The Jamaica Observer reports that controversial reggae star Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
Police issued the following statement,
“The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton o/c ‘Bossie’, a 27-year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park,”
The Jamaica Observer also goes on to report that the preliminary hearing will take place tomorrow (5th October) at the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court.
Oh dear. I wonder if this news will affect the sales of his skin bleaching range.
Rest In Peace Barrington Burton.
Reggae star Buju Banton (real name Mark Myrie) has been found guilty of three cocaine related charges in Florida.
Click HERE to read more.
This news has ruined my appetite.
“This is my new image,” Kartel said in the interview. “You can expect the unexpected. I feel comfortable with black people lightening their skin. They want a different look. It’s tantamount to white people getting a sun tan.
[Reggae star Vybz Kartel talks about his ridiculous skin bleaching antics in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine]
Check out lost soul Vybz below.
Rapper Rick Ross has joined forces with Jamaican reggae artists Jah Cure and Mavado on the new track Like I See It.
When I first heard about this collaboration I was far from happy. I have never really liked the outcome when reggae artists mix it up with rap artists - especially when they mix it up with rap mainstream mediocrity like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake to name but a few. I am very protective of my beloved reggae music. The genre has still managed to preserve it’s purity somewhat and I want it to stay like that.
But in the case of Jah, Mavado and Rick, Like I See It is a HIT, HIT, HIT! I love it and love Jah Cure.
Via Pinboard Blog
Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?
Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs sadly passed away early this morning (October 25th), at the age of 59. The Jamaican singer had apparently been ill for sometime.
Gregory’s hits included Night Nurse, Tune In, My Number One, Love Overdue, Rumours and The Border.
Rest In Peace Gregory Isaacs.
A Florida judge has declared a mistrial for the Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. U.S. District Judge James Moody declared a mistrial after the 12-person jury sent him a second note on Monday saying they couldn’t reach a verdict. They had been deliberating since Thursday afternoon after a four-day trial. Click HERE to read more…
Rapper JMC teams up with reggae star Sizzla on his new single Plot (scheduled digital release October 25th).
I listened to Plot this morning and I really like the beat. However I strongly object to them ruining Sizzla’s vocals with the use of auto tune. That was so unnecessary.
The video - There is nothing particularly outstanding about this promo, but I see some of it was filmed in my parents homeland so I’ll give it the thumbs up just for that.
Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?