Interviews

RAGING FYAH (KUMAR BENT) - REGGAE GEEL 08/2014

Kumar, if I'm well-informed Raging Fyah started out as a backing band. When did Raging Fyah's outlook on things start changing?Kumar Bent (lead...


DWIGHT PINKNEY - REGGAE GEEL 08/2014

Dwight, musically speaking, one of the first things you were involved with, was a band called The Sharks.Dwight Pinkney: "The idea behind The...


FAYA DUB (ERIC 'RICO' GAULTIER) - IRIE VIBES 07/2014

Rico, most reggae lovers will probably know you as a saxophonist and flutist. When did your musical journey start?Eric 'Rico' Gaultier: "I started...


GUILLAUME 'STEPPER' BRIARD - SMILE! ANTWERP REGGAE FESTIVAL 07/2014

Stepper, reggae fanatics will undoubtedly know you as an inspired sax player, but has that always been your instrument of choice?Guillaume...


JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL - WERELDFEEST LEUVEN 06/2014

Jupiter, you were born in Congo, then still called Zaire, but at a young age joined your father who was working as a diplomat in...


BIXIGA 70 - ESPACE SENGHOR 05/2014

Mauricio, Cuca, you guys named your band after a neighborhood or bairro in São Paulo. Can you tell us a bit more about that place?Cuca...


BLACK FLOWER - ARENBERG 05/2014

Nathan, with the Nathan Daems Quintet you play jazz, with Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orchestra Balkan music, for Ragini Trio you explore the Indian music...


KEITH & TEX - N9 04/2014

Keith, Tex, apparently you guys met one day while playing a game of soccer?Keith Barrington Rowe: "That's true yes, and I'm sure Tex will probably...


ZIGGY MARLEY - AB 04/2014

Ziggy, you don't seem to shy away from genres that are outside the scope of reggae music, but would you ever consider doing an album without...


CHRONIXX - VK 04/2014

Chronixx, you already penned your first tune at the age of five. What can you still remember about that song?Chronixx: "It was a tune about poor...


DRE ISLAND - VK 04/2014

Dre, apparently it was your grandmother who convinced your father to let you pursue a career as a musician.Dre Island: "I remember I was three...


JEMERE MORGAN - HET DEPOT 03/2015

Jemere, with your first name meaning "wish come true", I can't but wonder: as the third generation in the Morgan clan to opt for a career in the...


MORGAN HERITAGE (LUKES MORGAN) - HET DEPOT 03/2014

Lukes, your sister Una informed me that the reason you cut your dreads was because of problems with your neck and back. Are you on the mend...


MORGAN HERITAGE (MOJO MORGAN) - HET DEPOT 03/2014

Mojo, for several years Morgan Heritage played festivals that weren't exactly reggae-oriented. Was that a conscious choice?Mojo Morgan: "I think...


BOTTLE OF MOONSHINE - RADIO CENTRAAL 02/2014

Kris, Hanne, when and where did it all start for Bottle Of Moonshine? Kris Van Hees (trumpet): "As so often, it all started with a bunch of friends...


ONE ROOT (MATT-I) - RADIO CENTRAAL 02/2014

At the origins of One Root there was a collective called Black Mystic Erotic.Matt-I (guitar & vocals): "I was still studying jazz at Jazz...


JAMAICAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA (SIMON 'SAIMN-I' DECANTE) - RADIO CENTRAAL 01/2014

Simon, I don't really have to ask you how you met up with Wouter ('Wowie' Rosseel, guitar/bandleader/composer, red.) as you both play with Pura...


CAPITAL LETTERS - HOOTANANNY 01/2014

JB, Teacher, Capital Letters really started out as The Alphabets. Junior 'JB' Brown (bass): "We named ourselves The Alphabets but quickly...


MAMAR KASSEY (YACOUBA MOUMOUNI) - MAGIC MIRRORS BRUSSELS 12/2013

Yacouba, with 'Taboussizé', Mamar Kassey returns after a break of about five years. What happened during these "silent"...


LALA NJAVA - LA PORTEUSE D'EAU 10/2013

Lala, you come from a large musically inclined family. Lala Njava: "Yes, we're fifteen brothers and sisters, all involved in music and generally...