Interviews

FRANKIE PAUL - OPENLUCHTTHEATER RIVIERENHOF 07/2005

Frankie, I have to start of with that old cliché question. They call you 'The Jamaican Stevie Wonder'. Are you tired of hearing that?Frankie...


BLACK UHURU (MICHAEL ROSE) - OPENLUCHTTHEATER RIVIERENHOF 07/2005

Saying Black Uhuru is saying Michael Rose. Even though he wasn't really there from the very beginning, his unique voice has become synonymous with...


BLACK UHURU (DUCKIE SIMPSON) - OPENLUCHTTHEATER RIVIERENHOF 07/2005

If Michael Rose is the voice of Black Uhuru, then Duckie Simpson is definitely the brains of the operation. In the whole succession of different...


NAMBO ROBINSON - COULEUR CAFE 07/2005

If you haven't heard the name ‘Nambo' Robinson yet, just pick up any reggae album at random and there's a big chance his name...


THIRD WORLD (BUNNY RUGS) - COULEUR CAFE 07/2005

If the name Bunny Rugs doesn't immediately ring a bell, Third World definitely should. Bunny Rugs is the superb voice of this legendary band...


JAH SHAKA - COULEUR CAFE 07/2005

Jah Shaka! For lovers of roots and UK dub steppers this is not just a name but a battle cry. After three decades his reputation as a deejay icon...


BARRINGTON LEVY - FESTIVAL MUNDIAL 06/2005

Barrington, big up! A bit sad about that ending here tonight, but that's just Holland, they watch their clocks and cut you off. I hope you...


BUSH CHEMISTS - VK 05/2005

Bush Chemists consists of a whole lot of people. Could you guys introduce yourselves and say what you do in the band?Dougie Wardrop: "I'm...


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,...