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‘Screaming and hollering, that’s not my style’

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David Michael “Ram Jam” Rodigan will perform at Barr’s Bay Park on Saturday in what might be his final show here. The British DJ, who is known for his selections of reggae and dancehall music, will be joined by Dynamq, a South Sudanese reggae-dancehall artist and DJ, and Bermuda’s own Souljah One.

Q: How do you feel about your upcoming performance considering it may be your last here?

DR: Bermuda is one of my favourite places to perform because Bermudians really know about reggae music and sound-system culture, so I am really looking forward to returning and entertaining the fans.

Q: You are originally from South Sudan. How does it feel to travel the world as a reggae-dancehall artist and DJ?

Dynamq: Being able to play music all across the world is every DJ’s dream. It allows me to connect with diverse audiences, experience different cultures and share their passion for music on a global scale. Touring can be both physically demanding and mentally rewarding, but when I get to perform in front of enthusiastic crowds and witness the impact of music first-hand, it’s all worthwhile.

Q: What can people expect?

Dynamq: I’m looking forward to bringing Bermuda nothing but niceness. People will enjoy for sure, because it’s three big sounds with different styles of playing. I know for sure they’ll feel amazed and ask for more towards the end of the night.

DR: Partygoers can expect to hear some of my classic dub plate specials and vintage thrillers. Reggae music has a great heritage so my selection will range from the latest Beres Hammond hits to vintage Shabba Ranks, Barrington Levy and Bounty Killer. I take great pride in playing real authentic reggae music and vintage dancehall but I’m not into all the hype stuff, screaming and hollering, that’s not my style.

Q: How have your sets evolved over the years?

DR: My deejay sets have evolved over the past years to include elements of original and new UK drum and bass because it was always connected to Jamaican ragga and dancehall music. However, I have a real issue with a lot of new dancehall trap music because I cannot relate to it, nor the hype which surrounds it.

Q: Why do you continue at 71?

DR: I still enjoy deejaying because I love making people feel happy. Music makes people feel good, it allows them to escape from the humdrum routine of daily life; they can dance and have fun. Music lifts the soul and brings joy and I act as a conduit for that experience. There will always be challenges when you get up in years and audiences get younger and you are on stage faced with several thousand people who want to be entertained. But experience teaches wisdom and if you give love out you get it back tenfold. I love what I do and I love the music I play so I send it out with loving vibrations. It usually works, even when I am clashing other sounds and DJs.

Q: What will you remember most about your times here in Bermuda?

DR: Bermuda will always hold a special place in my heart because those early dances and clashes I did were so fantastic, especially the first one on Horseshoe Bay, which people still talk about, even today – and that was a long time ago. I am hoping that we can bring back the love we all experienced at those early shows and that young people will join in to discover more about the great heritage of reggae music rather than the hype. Hype over substance doesn’t work, never did and never will.

• Tickets, $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP, are available at Choices Menswear and www.bdatix.bm

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Published June 07, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated June 10, 2023 at 1:51 pm)

‘Screaming and hollering, that’s not my style’

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