DJ AND RADIO PRESENTER
Known to the Reggae world as Robbo Ranx, Roger Robinson has grown to be the UKs biggest Dancehall selectors and one of the most enduring characters on British radio. His talent as a selector has expanded to almost every major city in the UK and Europe. Robbo is enjoying increasing International popularity especially in Europe, the US, Africa, the Carribean and Japan.
His ground breaking show Dancehall Splurt provoked one of the largest radio figures on the BBC with millions of listeners world wide, live and online, earning him in three Sony Radio Awards for the best weekly show and two best live event. Robbo has taken his talents worldwide and interviewed a variety of reggae legends on home turf and abroad, from capturing Sizzlas first ever radio interview, to exclusive one on ones with Buju Banton, Capleton and Bounty Killer to name a few. Robbo has extended his expertise to television, presenting the weekly Dancehall music show Turn it Up on UK’s Channel U music network.
Coming from a large humble family in North West London, music at an early age was a way of release and escape for Robbo. Anything from, jumping on a microphone, to feeling out the strings on his brothers guitar. Robbo Ranx early introduction to music was like most, through a sound system, learning the art of entertaining on Tippertone, a sound he and school friends formed in 1986. To gain experience he frequently played for free at School discos, house parties, youth centres, blues dances and sound clashes.
In 1998, Robbo 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 and Tony Mattterhorn to name but a few.
After a short spell on Londons Choice FM, in 2002 Robbo was called to present on a new challenging project by the BBC, the black music station 1Xtra.
There you can hear him, constantly searching to expose Reggae dancehalls new talent. With an ability to communicate with his audiences, Robbo Ranx is regarded as an integral player in the growth of Dancehall in the UK, which was once seen as minority music. Hes an entertainer by nature always out to please his audience and a serious trusted taste – maker who brings the freshest Dancehall to an ever increasing worldwide fan base.
Catch Robbo Ranx on BBC 1xtra on Thursday nights GMT 10pm – 1am.