Interviews

FEMI KUTI - FLAGEY 10/2008

As the eldest son of afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti carries the burden of his father's inheritance. None the less Femi has chosen not...


ANTHONY B - VOORUIT 10/2008

Singjay Anthony B is one of the few artists of his generation who manages to turn out consistently qualitative tracks year after year and also...


ERNEST RANGLIN - HELDEN IN HET PARK 08/2008

The list of remaining Jamaican Music legends is shortened every year. When we heard the Helden In Het Park festival managed to book guitar legend...


TUFF LION - HELDEN IN HET PARK 08/2008

Tuff Lion, I know you as a guitar player, but these days you're not shy to take the mic either.Tuff Lion: "Well, I still primarily think...


ALPHA BLONDY - REGGAE GEEL 08/2008

Alpha, tonight you're on stage at the Reggae Geel festival. They're already celebrating their 30th anniversary this year; do you know the...


BITTY MCLEAN - REGGAE GEEL 08/2008

Bitty, welcome in Belgium once again, a place where you have quite a substantial fan base I believe?Bitty McLean: "I'm not sure about that...


BRIGADIER JERRY - REGGAE GEEL 08/2008

Briggy, you didn't really start your stage career as a deejay...Brigadier Jerry: "No, I did a little comedy thing in the community, you...


JOSEY WALES - REGGAE GEEL 08/2008

Josey, if we take it all the way back, when did your musical career start? When was the first time you held a mic in your hands?Josey Wales:...


U ROY - REGGAE GEEL 08/2008

U Roy, how and when did the whole Sturgav story start?U Roy: "I used to have a little joint in Southfield, Saint Elizabeth, a little bar, but...


AURELIO MARTINEZ - SFINKS 07/2008

Aurelio, Garifuna culture is still fairly unknown in Europe; can you give us a short introduction?Aurelio Martinez: "Thanks to the work of...


VICTOR DEME - SFINKS 07/2008

Victor, are you self-taught as a musician or did get some kind of musical education?Victor Démé: "I was born in a griot family....


FANFARE CIOCARLIA - SFINKS 07/2008

Fanfare Ciocarlia is known as being one of the hardest working gypsy bands around, playing somewhere almost every night. Are there even days when...


MIDNITE - POLE POLE 07/2008

The conversation we had with Vaughn Benjamin (lead vocalist with Midnite, the most important reggae band from the US Virgin Islands, red.) after...


ETANA - COULEUR CAFE 06/2008

Etana's debut album 'The Strong One' serves as a fresh feminine influence in the Jamaican music scene. We met up with her the morning...


PARNO GRASZT - COULEUR CAFE 06/2008

Although being quite fond of gypsy Music, my knowledge of the Hungarian branch of the genre is limited to non-existent. With their very own mix of...


ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE BARBES - COULEUR CAFE 06/2008

Kamel, about ten years ago, Orchestre National de Barbes kind of disappeared from radar. What were you guys up to in that period?Kamel Tenfiche...


RICARDO LEMVO - COULEUR CAFE 06/2008

Ricardo, how does a Congolese with Angolan roots end up living in Los Angeles?Ricardo Lemvo: "(laughs) I went to Los Angeles in 1972 to...


SHANTEL - FESTIVAL MUNDIAL 06/2008

Disko disko Partizani! Amateurs of gypsy music and Balkan beats, will not be unfamiliar with the battle cry of Stefan Hantel aka. Shantel. This...


VIEUX FARKA TOURE - FESTIVAL MUNDIAL 06/2008

Vieux, at the beginning of your career, your father, the late great Ali Farka Toure, wasn't fond at all of the idea of you wanting to follow in...


AMADOU & MARIAM - FESTIVAL MUNDIAL 06/2008

All too often, Amadou & Mariam are still simply introduced as "the blind couple from Mali", a shame really considering their musical...