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Levi Roots - Motivational Speaker
Levi Roots (born as Keith Tanyue in Jamaica, 1959) is a reggae musician, chef and entrepreneur currently residing in Brixton, South London. He has performed with James Brown and Maxi Priest and was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998. He gained widespread fame after appearing on the UK television programme Dragons' Den looking for funding for his "Reggae Reggae Sauce".
Reggae Reggae Sauce is a barbecue sauce made to his grandmother's "secret recipe". Roots and his family have been using the sauce in their food stall at the annual Notting Hill Carnival since 1991. In 2006, the sauce was available for sale at the carnival, with 4000 bottles sold.
He later took the sauce to a food trade show, where he was spotted by a BBC producer who approached him to appear on Dragons' Den. He appeared in the first episode of the fourth series, and offered a 20% stake of his business in return for £50,000. Despite erroneously claiming that he had an order for 2.5 million litres of the the sauce (when in fact the order was for 2,500 kilos), he was offered the £50,000 for a 40% stake in his business by Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh.
Shortly after his appearance on the programme, Sainsbury's announced that they would be stocking the sauce in 600 of their stores
The song which formed part of his pitch on Dragons' Den (and also sung by Levi himself in an appearance on Harry Hill's TV Burp) was also released as a download single. "Proper Tings (The Reggae Reggae Sauce Song)" received its first play on Allan Lake's breakfast show on Core (radio station).
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