Robbo Ranx

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Roger Robinson, better known as Robbo Ranx, is a UK dancehall and reggae deejay.[1] He presented shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra for twelve years.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Northwest London,[2] Ranx won three Sony Radio Awards for the best weekly show and two for best live event. He interviewed a variety of reggae artists, including Sizzla's first ever radio interview,[citation needed] as well as Buju Banton, Capleton and Bounty Killer. He also presented the weekly Dancehall music TV show Turn it Up on the UK’s Channel U music network.

Robbo Ranx early introduction to music was through the Tippertone sound system in the late 80's, which he co-founded with a school friend.[3]

In 1989 he set up the record label Musik Street, recording and releasing tracks by artists such as General Levy, Sweetie Irie, Chuckie Star, Bobo General, Junior Dan and Jack Radics between 1989 and 1996.

In 1994 he helped to form Skyline FM, a pirate radio station in west London. The success of the station led to Robbo Ranx hosting Unique FM's The Street Experience, a weekly show reflecting the reggae music scene. In 2000, he left the pirate radio scene and joined Choice FM to host a weekly reggae dancehall show.

In 1998, Ranx took Dancehall to London’s west and held down an 11 year residency with his weekly ‘Uptown Splurt’ parties at Cameo’s Nights Club. Pulling audience of 400 plus hosting act such as Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Shaggy, Stonelove and Bass Odyssey.

After a short spell on London's Choice FM, in 2002 Robbo Ranx joined BBC Radio 1Xtra a digital radio station that was launched on the DAB Digital Radio platform. He hosted the 'Dancehall Splurt' radio show twice a week. In 2004, he won two Sony Radio Academy Awards for his weekly radio show and 1Xtra's broadcast of Sting 2003, one Jamaica's biggest dancehall festival.

He left 1Xtra in 2014 and launched an online radio show Dancehall 360 on Robbo Ranx Radio in October 2014.[1]

BBC 1Xtra[edit]

Robbo Ranx previously presented the weekly Dancehall show on BBC Radio 1Xtra

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Robbo Ranx Leaves BBC 1Xtra", Jamaica Observer, 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/robboranx/profile/
  3. ^ Fox, Marisa (18 March 1995). "General Levy Draws a Jungle Battle Plan". Billboard. p. 29. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 

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