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David Rodigan: 'MBE is an honour for reggae music'

HONOUR: David Rodigan

DAVID Rodigan believes that his recent recognition in the Queen’s New Year Honors List is an “honour” for reggae music.

The respected DJ, who has broadcast his reggae show on radio station Kiss for over 30 years, was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to broadcasting. And the much-loved selector sees the award as not only recognition for himself, but also for the music he has delivered to radio listeners for over three decades.

“I’m humbled and at the same time honoured that I was seen fit to receive such an award,” 60-year-old Rodigan told The Voice. “I think more than anything, it’s recognition for the music that we all love, because let’s face it, that’s what I’ve been broadcasting for over 30 years.

“My love has always been reggae music and I see this honour as an honour for our music. I’m delighted that our music has been recognised in this way.”

The long-serving DJ, who interviewed Bob Marley in London back in 1980, added that he has been blown away by the response he’s received from the media in Jamaica.

“The news [of my MBE] was published on December 31 and after that, my phone went bonkers,” he says. “I’ve had a tremendous response from Jamaica. Journalists in Jamaica have been incredibly responsive and I’ve been blown away by it.”

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