Beres, Rodigan down to groove

Observer senior writer

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Beres Hammond and David Rodigan have been confirmed for this year's Groovin' In The Park, scheduled for June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.

Hammond makes his third appearance on the annual event which was first held in 2011. It will be a first for Rodigan, the famed British disc jockey/sound system selector who earned some of his dancehall bonafides in clashes with Jamaican DJ Barry “Barry G” Gordon, during the 1980s in New York.

Clem Hume, an executive of organisers Groovin Inc, said they have considered booking Rodigan for some time.

“The conversation first came up when we booked Barry G to host Groovin' In the Park in 2015. It escalated even more when we booked him the following year. We have always had an interest in booking David but his schedule just never allowed it to happen,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Chris Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, said a segment of the show will be dubbed 'David Rodigan Celebrates 40 Years in Reggae'. He did not disclose what this bloc entails, but it is likely a reflection on Rodigan's career which started at the BBC in 1978.

Rodigan, 67, marked his 40th year in broadcasting last year with a series of events and projects including the release of his autobiography. Last month, he hosted an all-star concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, to celebrate reggae's 50th anniversary.

Babyface, Busy Signal and Romain Virgo were some of the acts at the 2018 Groovin' In The Park.

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