Photo Courtesy of David Cono
If you have been a reader of this blog, you know that Reggae has been a big part of what we write about at FMF. From King Tubby to Harry J. All Stars to Jackie Mittoo to Dennis Brown to U-Roy and beyond, I try to keep it fresh and moving here. For the last few weeks I have been seeing Gilles Peterson tweet about how he had a massive show with Sir David Rodigan upcoming. This is a massive meeting of the music minds. Peterson, who’s Radio 1 show is possibly one of the most diverse and deep shows on the airwaves, is now getting together with the best of the best, the number one selector, tougher than tough, David Rodigan. For those of you who may not know who Rodigan is, let me try to explain the history briefly.
Starting out DJing during his lunch breaks in the gym of the Gosford Hill School in Kidlington, Oxford, Rodigan has become the professor of Reggae music. With an extensive knowledge of everything Reggae, the man has been here from the beginning. From Ska to Rocksteady to Roots to Lovers Rock Dub to Dancehall and beyond, Rodigan is Reggae music. His radio show started in 1978 on Capitol Radio in London. His Roots, Rockers Saturday night show remained there for eleven years. A white man playing Reggae, his reputation was questioned until his famous Sound Clash with Barry G on JBC Radio in Jamaica. Not only did he clash with Barry G, but all the top Sound Systems in JA, the United States, and the West Indies. He hasn’t stopped (winning) since. His British Forces Broadcasting Corp was broadcast for 25 year, and now he resides on Kiss FM with Rodigan’s Radio. He continues to keep the history of Reggae music alive and push forward in the future with the next generation of Reggae superstars. His Sound Clashes are all over the world, and if David Rodigan is in your town, do not miss the show.
That being said, Gilles Peterson did finally broadcast this show, which I can only say one thing: RESPECT. Not only did Rodigan run down the history of Reggae with words and music, but he had a Sound Clash with Peterson on the air. This isn’t something that happens everyday. A great showing by both DJ’s in the two hour broadcast. I’d have to say besides the Sound Clash, my favorite part was when he talked about clashing with other DJ’s, having Dub Plates made, and the most famous Dub Plate of them all: Tenor Saw. This just blew my mind, that at the height of the Dancehall craze, he got this Dub Plate made with Tenor Saw. It blew it so much that I tweeted it, and Rodigan retweeted it. It may sound silly, but to me, this comes second into actually holding Lee Perry’s hand. Two giants of Reggae and FMF meeting by fate. Big Ups Gilles Peterson, Maximum Respect David Rodigan, and Salute! to Reggae music.
Here’s the streaming link of The show on BBC.
Here is a download link of the show, with a track list.
Check the Sound Clash videos of Daddy Rodigan:
Rodigan Live @ Waterhouse 1985
2002 in Jamaica
Rodigan vs. Jaro 1997