BBC tunes in to Zimboo

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

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DANCEHALL artiste/comedian Prince Zimboo recently 'talked' his way into a gig called the Heh! Report on BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra.

Zimboo can be heard the third Thursday of each month during the Toddla T Show, a 10-minute slot aired between 2:00 am and 4:00 am. It is co-hosted by Sani Showbizz.

"We discuss a wide range of topics, be it entertainment, comedy or social issues from across the world. This is really a blessing as so far the feedback from the listeners has been really good," Zimboo told the Jamaica Observer.

The 33-year-old said the Heh! Report came about shortly after he met its producers at a taping in Kingston two months ago.

"The BBC team was here to shoot a documentary on reggae music. It was there and then that I met up with David Rodigan and Toddla T at Tuff Gong studio," Zimboo explained.

In January, a crew from BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra were in Jamaica capturing the mood and vibe of the local music scene for a five-hour documentary.

Veteran British radio DJ Rodigan, who was part of the team, is no stranger to Jamaica. The 63-year-old, who first visited Jamaica in 1979, has been a staple on the soundsystem scene. Rodigan has clashed established sound systems like Bodyguard, Killamanjaro (selected by Ricky Trooper), Stone Love, Barry G and Bass Odyssey. He was made an MBE in Queen Elizabeth's 2012 New Year's honours list for services to broadcasting.

When the team returned to the United Kingdom, Zimboo received an email from Toddla T, inviting him to be a part of his show. He recorded his part and the first episode of the Heh! Report aired in March.

"We wanted it to be a weekly thing but then the airtime would have been much shorter. We decided to increase the time and then broadcast it once monthly," he said.

Zimboo is the son of singer/musician Ainsley Morris and brother of Benzly Hype, formerly of the Innocent Kru.

He is best known for the songs Baby (with Major Lazer), Zimboouicy and Santa Flaws and Butt Brains.





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