Aung San Suu Kyi meets Grooverider
BURMESE pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has met drum and bass DJ Grooverider, whose Radio 1 show helped sustain her while incarcerated.
Suu Kyi, who is the recipient of humanitarian awards including the Nobel Peace Prize, listened to Grooverider’s weekly jungle rinse-out during long periods of house arrest, which made meeting the DJ a priority for her current UK visit.
Although Grooverider co-hosts the Radio 1 show with fellow jungle legend Fabio, Suu Kyi is believed to particularly identify with Groove because he too was briefly incarcerated, for trying to get into Dubai with a small amount of puff.
A source at Suu Kyi’s London School of Economics reception said: “Suu Kyi was overwhelmed to meet Groove. She said she greatly admires both his mixing skills and tune selection.
“Grooverider was visibly touched and handed her one of his most coveted dub plates after signing it.”
A spokesman for Suu Kyi said: “She and the Rider spoke at length about the rave scene and how she hopes he and Fabio will one day come and play in Burma.
“Suu Kyi sees parallels between raving and Burma’s political situation because they were both better back in the day, when there was more unity.
“Sadly Fabio couldn’t make it but Grooverider wrapped up some canapes in a hanky and took them home for him.”