IBRAHIM MAALOUF - THEATRE 140 12/2009

"I started to play the trumpet at age seven and studied classical music until 2003.

STAFF BENDA BILILI - ZUIDERPERSHUIS 11/2009

"We all started out as buskers, but some band members already knew each other from when they were still in school.

SUGAR MINOTT - PETROL 11/2009

"It happens.

TONY ALLEN - ZUIDERPERSHUIS 11/2009

"Well, I didn't really need my own drum kit, you know, because local club proprietors would often provide the necessary instruments.

BAABA MAAL - ZUIDERPERSHUIS 10/2009

"Podor is situated in the north of Senegal at the border with Mauretania, a part of Senegal that in the past was part of the large Mandingo Empire.

MULATU ASTATKE - HET DEPOT 10/2009

"Well, that was exactly the problem; a problem that was not only a reality in Ethiopia, but in most third world countries.

AFEL BOCOUM - ZUIDERPERSHUIS 10/2009

""Tabital" simply means "the enforcement" and "Pulaaku" means "Fula", so it's "the enforcement of Peul culture".

ROGER ROBIN - TRIX 09/2009

"I hear you did your homework.

THE CONGOS - MINNEMEERS 09/2009

"Well, we linked up with Lee 'Scratch' Perry again for this album.

AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE - REGGAE GEEL 08/2009

"Before African Head Charge I was involved in Nyahbinghi in Jamaica.

ALPHA & OMEGA - REGGAE GEEL 08/2009

"I grew up on reggae music and I had been going to clubs since the age of twelve.

JEAN 'BINTA' BREEZE - REGGAE GEEL 08/2009

"My whole life revolves around dub poetry really.

GLEN WASHINGTON - REGGAE GEEL 07/2009

"I've known Downbeat for a long long time, but musically speaking we hooked up in or around 1996, when I had a certain tune playing on the radio that he liked and he contacted me to do a dub plate for his sound.

FREDY MASSAMBA - SFINKS 07/2009

"No, the river is really nothing more than a natural barrier.

LA CHERGA - SFINKS 07/2009

"All members of La Cherga were involved in other projects in the past and with La Cherga we really wanted to do something new.

GIPSY.CZ - SFINKS 07/2009

"We did that very intentionally, because we were looking for the easiest and shortest way to express that we are gipsies from the Czech Republic.

KASAI ALLSTARS - DIVANO PRODUCTION 06/2009

"Tony Van der Eeken and Vincent Kenis (Crammed Records, red.

KONONO N°1 - DIVANO PRODUCTION 06/2009

"The music that forms the basis for what we do with Konono I inherited from my parents.

THE SKATALITES (LLOYD KNIBB) - COULEUR CAFE 06/2009

"I learned to play burru (According to the History of Jamaica, the slaves brought a form of drumming from Africa called burru.

PAT KELLY - BAR MONDIAL 06/2009

"We used to do American rhythm and blues music, copying people like Curtis Mayfield, The Drifters, The Platters and so on.