Interviews

ZION TRAIN (MOLARA) - VK 05/2005

Molara, as an introduction, could you maybe describe in your own words the music Zion Train makes?Molara: "Heavyweight sound system music...


MICHAEL FRANTI - CC DE WARANDE 04/2005

The least you can say about Michael Franti is that the man evolves. He started his career as an angry young rapper and a member of Disposable...


RANKING JOE - DALI'S BAR 04/2005

Seldom has a reggae legend passed through Belgium so unnoticed than deejay veteran and prime student from the school of U Roy, Ranking Joe at...


ISRAEL VIBRATION - AB 04/2005

Israel Vibration still has the reputation to be one of the strongest forces in Jamaican vocal harmony style. Wiss, Skelly and Apple - the three...


TIKEN JAH FAKOLY - AB 03/2005

Tiken, you've been living in exile in Mali now for quite some time. What exactly drove you out of your native Ivory Coast?Tiken Jah Fakoly:...


ROKIA TRAORE - CC LEUVEN 03/2005

Rokia, the griot tradition isn't that well-known here in Europe. Even though you're not from a griot family yourself, could you enlighten...


ABYSSINIANS (DONALD MANNING) - CC DE WERFT 02/2005

Donald, Abyssinians is regarded as one of the main examples of the vocal trio in roots reggae. Where did this tradition of trios stem from? Why not...


MICHAEL PROPHET - CACTUS CLUB 02/2005

Michael, for those first records, how did you hook up with Yabby You?Michael Prophet: "I started out with Yabby You in the seventies. The...


JAMAICA ALL STARS (JOHNNY 'DIZZY' MOORE & NOEL 'SKULLY' SIMMS) - VK 02/2005

Combining a full-time job with music journalism is not always convenient, hence Pascal Bormans and I arrived slightly too late at the Ibis hotel in...


GROUNDATION - N9 12/2004

Who would have thought the future of roots reggae would come from a bunch of white Californian college students? Introducing Groundation!Harrison,...


MIGHTY PIRATES - JH WOLLEWEI 11/2004

To my knowledge, Mighty Pirates is one of the oldest still enduring reggae bands in Belgium. Where and how did it all start?Roni Geboers (lead...


BUSHMAN - PETROL 11/2004

When one first hears Bushman's voice, it's easy to confound it with that of Luciano, but simply labelling him a copy of The Messenger,...


DEAN FRASER - VK 11/2004

Somewhere in the latter part of the 1970s, Dean Fraser collaborated with Bob Marley on 'Survival' and since then he has managed to...


LUCIANO - VK 11/2004

Luciano is often credited as the man who, in the early part of the nineties, singlehandedly put roots reggae back on the map, but who's the man...


KHALED - AB 11/2004

For as long as we can remember, Khaled has proudly borne the title "king of rai". Promoting the release of his album 'Ya Rayi',...


JUNIOR MURVIN - HANDELSBEURS 10/2004

Forever and a day, Junior Murvin's name will be synonymous with his biggest hit single 'Police And Thieves'. Fact is the man has one of...


ROHAN LEE - RUNN CAFE 09/2004

As is the case for so many Jamaican artists, Rohan Lee's career has been one with lots of ups and downs; a career that through time has become...


JOHNNY CLARKE - HOVE LIVE 09/2004

Although Johnny Clarke has never reached the status of some of his contemporaries like Bob Marley or Burning Spear, he undoubtedly belongs to a...