Interviews

YANISS ODUA - AB 12/2014

Yaniss, is it true you already started your career in the music business at the tender age of ten?Yaniss Odua: "That's correct, yes. I took my...


ROOTZ UNDERGROUND - VK 11/2014

Stephen, Charles, welcome back to Belgium. You guys aren't strangers to VK.Stephen Newland (guitar & vocals): "No, in fact on the last tour we...


HEARTWASH - RADIO CENTRAAL 10/2014

Sillah, over the years the lineup of Heartwash has seen various incarnations. If I say the heart of Heartwash is really Sillah Ishaga, would you...


BLACK STEEL - VK 04/2013

Steel, how many years of reggae music are we talking about when we look back at your career?Black Steel: "I'm in the music business for just over...


THE SKINTS - VILLA PACE 09/2014

Josh, Jamie, am I right in stating it all started for you guys at Woodbridge High School?Josh Waters Rudge (guitar & vocals): "Well, basically...


MUTABARUKA - REGGAE SUNDANCE 08/2014

Muta, what does Marcus Garvey represent to you on a personal level?Mutabaruka: "To me Marcus Garvey is where reggae music got its inspiration. He's...


KABAKA PYRAMID - REGGAE SUNDANCE 08/2014

Kabaka, in your music you combine both influences from reggae and hip-hop. Being Jamaican, reggae is in your blood, but how did you get involved...


TRINITY - REGGAE SUNDANCE 08/2014

Trinity, you're what they call and Alpha Old Boy as you attended Alpha Boys School. How did you end up there?Trinity: "Well as so many youths...


JESSE ROYAL - REGGAE GEEL 08/2014

Jesse, I read somewhere that you started your singing career by impersonating Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.Jesse Royal: "Well, I don't know...


NO-MADDZ - REGGAE GEEL 08/2014

Sheldon, if I summarize what No-Maddz does as "dub poetry for the 21st century", would you agree with that definition?Sheldon Shepherd: "With...


MATIC HORNS - REGGAE GEEL 08/2014

Matic, as one of the most respected trombone players in reggae music, I have to start by asking you if you've always been playing that...


PANACHE CULTURE (MOHAMED HAMRA) - REGGAE GEEL 08/2014

Mohamed, being the band that has graced the line-up of the festival the most times, Panache Culture are the uncrowned kings of Reggae Geel. How...


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...


DERAJAH - IRIE VIBES 07/2014

Derajah, I think I can say most reggae lovers will have gotten to know you through your liaison with the Inna De Yard project. How did you get...


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...