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Rodigan Receives MBE

Rodigan Receives MBE

Rodigan Receives MBE

By Angus Taylor on Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 15 comments

The Queen honours the reggae legend "for services to broadcasting".

David RodiganLong-serving reggae broadcaster David Rodigan has been appointed to receive the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours list.

Rodigan, who turned sixty in 2011, began his career as a selector and presenter in 1978 on BBC Radio London. From 1979 he presented the specialist programme Roots Rockers on London's independent commercial station Capital FM  before joining the city's first licensed 24-hour dance music provider Kiss FM in 1990 to present their Sunday night reggae show.

Generations of reggae fans have been introduced to the latest sounds from Jamaica by his broadcasts.

Not all reggae figures have been pleased to be so honoured. In 2003 the poet Benjamin Zephaniah declined his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or OBE due to his association of the British Empire with colonial slavery.

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Posted by smedley on 01.02.2012
Well done Sir. Thank you for years of reggae music played with you back in 96, thank you. SJ Smedley.

Posted by Rachel on 01.02.2012
Sincere congratulations to Sir The King David Rodigan, been there and watched him bring so much love, energy and joy to so many people xxx

Posted by George on 01.02.2012
What is the connection between Benjamin Zephaniah and reggae? I'm not aware there is any, I though he was an English poet. Please educate me with the connecting details.

Posted by mark island on 01.02.2012
Congrats to the man - He used to play in a club in Bielefeld in Germany for the pleasure of the locals and a good number of the British Forces in the 80's. Rodigan's rockers on BFBS, ooohh, the memories !

Posted by billy smith on 01.02.2012
Congratulations "sir DAVID RAMDANCE RODIGAN" you have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure over many years. may you continue your hard work, and fulfill our ears with the power of reggae music for a long long time to come.

Posted by Lesley on 01.03.2012
The connection between Rodigan and BZ is the MBE

Posted by Gibsy on 01.03.2012
@George "Belly Of The Beast" album produced by Mad Prof..
as an example. Bless.

Posted by genuine reggae supporter on 01.03.2012
The higher the monkey climb, the more him get expose....

Posted by Joan Smith on 01.03.2012
The connection between Zephaniah and reggae is that he was seen as a dub poet in the spirit of Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Posted by Anthony Brightly on 01.03.2012
Great David, Well done.

Posted by Jenny Douglas Duffus on 01.05.2012
Well done Mr. Rodigan....conoisseur of reggae music, when someone loves and identifies with a genre of music as in your case it shows!! Thank you for years of joy and entertaiment..I remember listening to your sound clashes! majic

Posted by Avril - in Trinidad on 01.06.2012
Such fantastic news, well deserverd - keep brining the music

Posted by Sharon McDonald on 01.09.2012
A big congratulations to David i saw him a couple of months ago as i have not heard him play since i was a teenager so i was little bit negative towards going but i was greatley surprised what a brillant entertainer well and truely diserved.

Posted by Dee Sharp on 01.10.2012
Congratulations David Rodigan, and thank you again for being the first to play my debut release "Lets Dub It Up"
Big up ..

Posted by Clifton \'Bigga\' Morrison (Skatroniks Jamaica) on 01.15.2012
David Rodigan: A true professional who represents our Reggae/Jamaican Music Industry. Nuff respect David on receiving your award. Keep di fiyah burning!!

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