It is time to put some serious reggae music in this blog. We deeply love reggae music and we want to share this passion with all blog fellas.
The best way to start talking about reggae is mr. David Rodigan, the number one reggae selector all over the world. He’s from England, looks like a typical english gentleman (first time i saw him i said “hey, where is that king of reggae we came for? who is this english tourist on the mixer?”) but don’t be fooled by the fact that he does not have dreadlocks and beard (and brown skin): he is more than 25 years experienced in the reggae game, an undisputed number 1 on the decks. He got respect from all the major reggae artists, as you’ll hear.
His sets are truly entertaining, the best way to discover reggae music. He plays all types of reggae from all ages, and this is what i like most of him. He is not afraid of playing an old jamaican tune from the 60′s right after the latest Bounty Killer joint. When in Italy, he even plays “Volare”, an old tune by Domenico Modugno, making the crowd go wild.
If you don’t know him, you will be surprised by hearing his name over and over in the record he plays. This is because he plays only dubplates, which are special recordings made by the artists specifically for him. Unique cuts, a tradition you find also in the dedication freestyles in hip hop mixtapes.
Of course, i suggest not to miss his show if he comes to your town. I saw him playing live something like 20 times and he’s never boring (yes, i’m a big fan of him in case you didn’t noticed. Plus he loves Italy and comes here very often. ).
Listen this superb Rodi’s Dubplate mix 2005
Listen this epic clash in Jamaica between Rodi and KillamanJaro, the most famous jamaican sound system. However, i cut off most of the Jaro parts because they scream too much for my taste, they’d better let the music speak, as Rodigan does.