Who are we?

Reggae.be is the oldest (since 2002) and largest portal for Jamaican music and culture in Belgium aka. Beljam. We offer our visitors extensive reports of concerts and festivals, news and travel stories, reviews and interviews, an up to date agenda and a lot of interaction with social media. Reggae.be is the main meeting point of the flourishing Beljam reggae community.

Reggae.be is an initiative of the non-profit organization Beljam Reggae Massive (BRM) and counts an average of 10.000 unique visitors a month.

The Reggae.be crew

Tim Ianna aka. Jah Rebel - editor in chief

Together with Jah Shakespear, one of the founders of Reggae.be, he first started as a critic and a reporter before in the end of 2014 becoming editor in chief. Divides his time between his two passions: music and Haile Selassie.

Karel Michiels aka. Jah Shakespear - senior writer

Jah Shakespear has been listening to reggae music since 1977, started writing about the subject in the early nineteen eighties (for De Morgen, De Standaard, P-Magazine, Highlife and a number of other magazines) and founded this website in 2002. He's also the author of 'De Rasta Revelatie' (2008) and 'In Het Spoor Van De Keizer' (2016).

Katrien Van der Aa - editorial staff

Has been fascinated by Jamaican culture since childhood. As a student, co-authored the English part of a secondary bibliography on Caribbean literature, wrote two master theses on dub poetry and has conducted research on violence and resistance in Jamaican dub poetry and dancehall. She has been doing reviews, reports and interviews for Reggae.be for a couple of years now. She admits: "Nostalgic lovers rock is secretly my biggest love."

JP Linard - editorial staff

His parents being big amateurs of music and concerts, JP was attracted to the world of music from a tender age. As a youth he lost his heart to reggae, especially roots and raggamuffin. To do his part in the reggae movement, he started writing articles for our colleagues at Reggae.fr, and now also for Reggae.be. He's also a big ganja lover, a flower he defends with passion, among other things by being the distributor, editor and interviewer for the cannabis magazine Soft Secrets. In 2015 he joined the crew of Radikal Sound. 

Timo Sterckx - editorial staff

Timo is a theatre-maker and actor with an insatiable appetite for just about anything to do with reggae, and primarily sees himself as a passionate collector of everything from early ska to conscious dancehall. Through his collaboration with Reggae.be he can now finally give something back to the music that has given him so much.

Eric Rongé aka. Ras Mundele - editorial staff

Fell under the spell of reggae music in the late 1970s. Being the only white member of Burnin' Ash, one of Belgium's first reggae bands, he was rebaptized Ras Mundele (Mundele meaning "white man" in Lingala). Together with Aura Lewis was active as lead singer and keyboard player with Tsjaka Band until 2000 and, for a while, also collaborated with The Right Prophecy. A few years ago, Mundele picked up where he left off, returning to composing music and songwriting. Captivated by the social and spiritual ideas linked with reggae music for over 40 years, he now wants to share that message through Reggae.be.

Quinten Van Cauwenberge aka. Kingten - editorial staff

From a young age, Quinten was drawn to the rebellious nature of the reggae genre and Rastafarian culture. Ultimately, it led him to dedicate two thesis works to the subject and acquire a bass guitar to delve even deeper into the music. Starting in 2017, he actively engaged in the Belgian dub scene as an organizer and MC for Bloodhound Soundsystem. Now, another chapter unfolds as he steps into the role of reporter and reviewer for Reggae.be.

Remy Takang Arrey - editorial staff

Growing up in his native Cameroon, Remy was captivated by the soul-stirring rhythms and conscious messages of reggae, thanks to Lucky Dube's melodies. Lucky's music embodied the essence of consciousness, which is exactly what reggae represents to Remy. Over time, reggae became more than just a genre; it became a source of fulfilment, as he could listen to it regardless of the time and mood. Recently, reggae's fusion with Afrobeats has added another layer of richness to its tapestry, and given the opportunity to write and report about the genre for Reggae.be, Remy, now a business lawyer, decided to give his musical passion yet another dimension.

Peter Verwimp - editorial staff & photos

During a summer in the mid nineteen eighties Peter was introduced to the vibes of Eek-A-Mouse by some of his leaders at Chiro Flanders, a Flemish youth organization. Later that same year, he asked Santa Claus for some "reggae", and got his first cassette tape version of Bob Marley's 'Legend' compilation. Has been a regular at reggae concerts since 1991, and these days combines his passion for reggae with that for photography, always on the lookout for the ultimate image capturing the performance and charisma of the artist. Mainly collects roots on vinyl and wheels through life.

Dries Talloen - editorial staff & photos

Dries already started collecting vinyl records age fifteen and quickly developed a passion for reggae and other related genres. Shortly afterwards he also started spinning tunes for a live audience, first as half of duo Rootikal Tree, followed by a stint with Dubrising HiFi and since 2016 he's an active member of Roots Explosion Soundsystem. Dries also hosts the biweekly Reggae Excursion radio show on Villa Bota in Bruges. As an historian he focusses his research on sound system culture and black history. As a member of Reggae.be, Dries wants to express his passion by publishing accounts from the reggae- and sound system scene in word and vision.

Erna Wouters aka. Erns - social media 

The power of reggae made Erna believe in love again. She became Reggae.be's ideal promo-lady, spreading the message wherever she cans. You can always find Erns at dub, roots or dancehall parties, or at live reggae shows.

Thomas De Beule aka. Imos - marketing & public relations

Imos has been a reggae aficionado since the tender age of fifteen. Living the Rasta livity and later on transitioning into an astute mind in the business community with a profound dedication and love for Africa and the Caribbean. Returning to his roots, he joined the Reggae.be crew, taking charge of partnerships and promotion!