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Kenny Allstar to replace Semtex and host new BBC 1Xtra show

PICTURED: Kenny Allstar

BBC RADIO 1Xtra today announced Kenny Allstar as the new presenter of the station’s Friday night show (9-11pm) beginning October 12.

The DJ, producer and broadcaster is known for working with the likes of Ghetts, Hardy Caprio, Mike Skinner, Headie One, M Huncho, Aitch and many more.

As a trusted voice in the game, Kenny is across everything and everyone in the hip hop scene from rap to grime to drill to afro swing and brings a fresh, new sound to Friday nights.

Kenny Allstar also hosts a ‘Mad About Bars’ online series which showcases some of the freshest names from the UK rap scene.

Kenny will present the slot previously hosted by DJ Semtex who is leaving 1Xtra after 15 years on the network.

Speaking on the new slot, he said: “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for over nine years, finally I have a full time show on 1Xtra, I’m super gassed and excited to embark on this new chapter. I want to showcase the music and culture I fell in love with over a decade ago.

"Throughout my come up I’ve been a part of the journeys of artists who have now etched their names in this beautiful scene we call UK rap music. I would like to thank 1Xtra and most importantly the people for seeing my vision with this opportunity.”

Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, BBC Radio 1Xtra commented: “Kenny Allstar is the ‘voice of the streets’ and a core champion for the UK scene. We’ve been talking for months about his next move post-graduation from our 1Xtra Residency, and we’re pleased to be able to give him his own show. He’s one of the hardest-working DJ’s on the scene and his time has arrived.

"Respect is due to Semtex for such an immense contribution to 1Xtra across more than 15 years. He will always be one of the 1Xtra originals, part of the history of this place, and we thank him for his contribution to the station, Hip-Hop and the culture.”

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