General justice is a daddy to 6 beautiful daughters, husband to a beautiful wife, a mad music fan, a Vespa rider, a Leeds United supporter and most importantly, a RASTAMAN.
How did you become involved?
I grew up in the UK and as a kid when most people were listening to rock & roll, pop, etc. I was into soul, funk, ska and reggae, and when I arrived in Australia in 1979, no one was playing contemporary black music! When Bob Marley came to Perth a couple of months after I arrived, I went to see him. I got backstage and got to talk to him. I mentioned that no one played reggae here, and he advised me to become a DJ and start a reggae show.
I took his advice and joined 6USVFM, first co-hosting a show with Marshall Martin called AgentooSoul. Soon after I was a founding member of Vershun Galore, Australia’s first reggae radio show. When 6UVSFM became RTRFM, I changed the name of the show to JAMDOWN VERSHUN and more than 35 years later it’s still going strong.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Not really a album person, more into 45 singles and my faves change every week.I would rather take four Jamdown Vershun shows and one Soulsides show with me. That way I would have at least 10 hours of music with lots of top tunes .
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Playing music that I love that’s virtually ignored elsewhere in the media and music industry! Especially reggae ,which has had such a profound effect on other genres of music, yet is not acknowledged in Dance Music Awards or in the WAMIs. It’s really great to be the first to introduce new artists to the public and also its great to work with my very talented younger co-hosts on Jamdown. Also RTRFM being on the net has taken our show all over the world. Must also big up all staff and presenters of other shows who are all very passionate and talented and it’s a privilege to be on the best radio station in the world
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
Over the years – too many! Especially some of Genge’s Breakfast shows I used to guest on. Also I have had to pinch myself when I’ve been in the studio with legends like Viv Richards and some of the reggae greats like Jah Shaka, Mutaburuka, Bushman, Anthony B and many more.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
I helped start four shows that are currently on RTRFM. Besides Jamdown Vershun I am a founding Member of Soulsides, Black & Blue and Powerjam. If I could find the time to present another show it would probably be a Full Frequency show that featured contemporary black music such as dancehall, garage and R&B because no one really plays that.
What do you do in real life?
Music is my life. I manage and book bands, promote and organise events and shows. I also have a record label called Corroboree Records since 1984. Besides releasing tunes, we also cut vinyl records. I am a professional disc jockey so hire me for your next party! I am a member of Australia & Mexico’s priginal champion sound Jah Wisdom Outernational Sound System.