Reggae.be is a direct descendant of the reggaezines Ridim (80ies) en Rockers (90ies). This site was founded in 2002, back then not much more than an enriched forum, a place where everybody could respond to our messages and announcements. Photos and illustrations were still inexistent at the time.
The very first concert report published (February 10, 2002), was one of Mr. Vegas and Ward 21 at VK in Brussels. The first album reviews were dedicated to The Internationals, Lee Perry, Zion Train, Jah Shaka, UB40 and the famous band Various Artists. Since then we've published more than 1500 reviews and hundreds of reports and interviews. The advantage is that, as long as we keep this website alive, all these articles will remain consultable online. Those ancient Ridim and Rockers magazines have in time become sought after collector's items.
Reggae.be's most fundamental change took place behind the scenes, in 2002, when we joined forces with Civalizee Foundation's successful internet forum and the local website Antwerpmassive.be. Nxt to a now aging roots generation, during the 90's and 00's a whole new scene had emerged, which wasn't getting the attention it deserved on Reggae.be. With the influx of some new young talent, more in touch with the dancehall as well as the upcoming dub scene and other related subcultures, Reggae.be soon filled the void. We even enlisted our first French speaking reporter. You can call us old-fashioned Belgians, but as long as Belgium remains a united country, Reggae.be will continue to form one united front with the reggae massive in Brussels and Wallonia.
These days we try to cover the whole range of reggae related music, from dub to dancehall, doing our best to publish as much articles as possible in two or three languages; something we can only accomplish with the help of several volunteer translators. Our ticket contest are now fully automated and the upkeep of the site is paid with advertising revenues.
In 2015 Jah Rebel (Tim Ianna) stepped in as editor in chief, but Jah Shakespear (Karel Michiels) remains active as senior writer. Joined by a loyal team of volunteers, they continue to inform and update the visitors of Reggae.be on what's going on in the Belgian (Beljam) reggae community.