David Rodigan

David Rodigan, affectionately known as “Ram Jam” is an award-winning reggae DJ and radio presenter, and a legendary figure in the world of reggae music. Renowned as a disc jockey, broadcaster, and reggae historian, Rodigan has dedicated his life to promoting and celebrating the rich tapestry of Jamaican music.

Rodigan’s journey into the reggae scene began in the early 1970s when he moved to the United Kingdom after spending his childhood in various countries. His first job on Radio London was in 1978 sharing the slot with Tony Williams on the Reggae Rockers programme. A year later, he was offered a permanent slot at Capital Radio to present Roots Rockers, which ran for 11 years. His passion for reggae music and his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre soon made him a prominent figure on the radio, hosting shows on various stations and introducing reggae to a diverse audience.

One of Rodigan’s breakthrough moments came when he won the “Mighty Metro” sound system competition in 1978, a victory that solidified his reputation as a skilled selector. His ability to seamlessly blend different styles within the reggae genre, from roots and dub to dancehall and beyond, earned him widespread acclaim. He is celebrated for his captivating DJ sets at clubs and festivals, where he skillfully mixes classic reggae anthems with contemporary hits, creating an electric atmosphere on the dance floor.

In the decades that followed, David Rodigan became a household name on the British airwaves, hosting shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 2. His distinctive voice, infectious enthusiasm, and genuine love for the music has endeared him to fans worldwide. Rodigan’s radio programs not only showcase the latest reggae releases but also highlight the historical and cultural significance of the music. He was inducted into the Sony Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2005. He was inducted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2012 for services to broadcasting. He has been a tireless advocate for the genre’s recognition and appreciation, both in Jamaica and internationally.

In addition to his radio work, Rodigan has released compilations and contributed to various reggae documentaries, further solidifying his role as a custodian of reggae culture. His deep respect for the music and its roots, combined with his infectious passion, has made David Rodigan a beloved and influential ambassador for reggae music. SNWMF is very excited to welcome Roddy to Boom-ville this year!

June 16 @ 04:00
04:00 — 05:00 (1h)


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