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).

Ludovic Dumont aka. Irie Nation - editorial staff

As a reggae activist for many years now, his favorite ways of spreading the message are through his sound soundsystem activities and his writing. In 2007 Irie Nation became the first French reporter for Reggae.be (although later he was joined by Lord Lyta and JP Linard). He prefers new-roots and dancehall, but basically also everything that's in any way positive and makes things move.

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."

Natacha Michiels aka. Natty - editorial staff

Daughter of Jah Shakespear, the apple never falls far from the tree... After first flirting with punk rock and metal for a while, she became addicted to reggae around the age of 17. She loves writing, veggie cuisine, her boyfriend Jannick, soup, gardening, ecology, history, phytotherapy and more. The last few years, she's been attending roots and dub gatherings on a regular basis. Her motto: Live the life you love, love the life you live!

Ruben Vanhee aka. Rubi Roots - editorial staff

Rubi Roots has been playing reggae and related music ever since 2002, formerly as co-founder of Skylarkin' Sound and Groove Station, nowadays as selector for High'r Ites from Leuven, as well as a solo DJ or with Caravan Disco. Using the same alias, Rubi Roots also writes for Reggae.be, mostly doing reports on festivals and dub events.

Pieter Van Kerckhove aka. Visionz - editorial staff

Struck by a severe form of reggaemylitis in his teens, Visionz never recovered. On the contrary, the first reggae concerts he attended (Reggae Geel 2000 and Aswad at the Lokerse Feesten that same year) made a bigger impression on him than any other concert, no matter the genre, had done before. Ever since, he's felt an urge to share those amazing musical live experiences with as many people as possible, first on Civalizee's forum and soon afterwards on Reggae.be with full-fledged concert reports. Has always been spinning vinyl as well, with a strong preference for roots (the vintage sound of the nineteen seventies being what really turns him on). He's a member of Blackbird Sound.

Maika Jooris - banner management

Maika has been passionate about music since her early chilhood, her father and grandfather both being true music aficionados. She first discovered reggae around the age of fifteen, developing a strong preference for vintage roots, while still keeping an ear out for the new generation of reggae artists. You can always find Maika at concerts or festivals throughout Belgium and she's recently also started sharing her experiences on Reggae.be. Most importantly though, she's the site's banner ad manager.

Erna Wouters aka. Erns - promo

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.

Jozef Weyn - traducer

Retired translator. Licentiate roman languages, French-Italian. Not really familiar with the reggae scene, but very good in Dutch and French!

Peter Van Gampelaere aka. Gampie - varia

His first encounter with reggae music goes back to the late nineteen seventies, but it was only after spending some time in the rock, punk and wave scenes, that he found his way back. In the nineteen nineties, thanks to Joeri 'Chalet' Charlé, he rediscovered reggae and dancehall more in particularly. Since then Gampie has also started appreciating dub, ska and rocksteady as well. He's Reggae.be's handyman, always ready to lend a hand.

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.

Benoit Vandenbroucke aka. Lord Lyta - editorial staff & Facebook

Has been an amateur of reggae and dancehall since the early nineties. Founded Flash it Up Soundmachine (the Remix-Machine!) in 1999 and Flash it Up Music in 2014. He actively promotes Reggae.be on Facebook and gives our website a French-touch, writing reviews and event reports in the language of Molière (or, better, that of Raggasonic).

Bram Verbeke aka. Sifakah - editorial staff

After having roamed concerts and parties for years, Bram, in the reggae scene better known as Sifakah, ended up at a sound clash one day. He was immediately sold and has been a hardcore fan of these musical battles where sound systems pull out all the stops to prove their worth. "Music is a mission, not a competition!", but a bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone!

Wouter Verheecke - editorial staff

As an engineer, music lover and a proud inhabitant of West-Flanders, Wouter writes for eight different media, surviving on a strict diet of coffee, black no sugar. When it comes to reggae he prefers nineties dancehall and the new roots movement. His favorite spot at concerts and festivals? Somewhere central, right in front of the mixing desk!

Roel Dellafaille aka. Roots Pressure - merchandising

Caught the reggae virus at the age of eighteen after a first visit to Reggae Geel and soon after, started spinning records himself, at that time still alongside Patrick Crikemans as Roots & Pressure, these days solo as Rootspressure. Roel is a passionate vinyl collector, regularly organizes his own Roots & Culture nights, and in 2015 also launched his own eco/fairtrade clothing line: I-topia. At Reggae.be, Rootspressure occasionally hands in a report of one of the various dub-events he attends, and is also responsible for merchandising.

Tim Vercammen aka. Bangarang - bookkeeping

Some of you might know Bangarang as the man behind the mobile Bangarang sound system? The makeshift cart has meanwhile been replaced by a compact, self-built custom 12V sound on wheels finished in finely varnished woodwork, green, yellow and red buttons and a small tent with colorful lighting for evenings and nights. But at Reggae.be, Tim is the man who makes sure that our books are in order.