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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jean-Marc Peigneux aka. Trootski - editorial staff
Trootski has always been a fan of the stage, first in theatre, where he's active for more than 15 years, later switching his focus to videography and music. He hosted the Dub & Dubber show on Liège radio station 48FM for two years and interviewed various artists for the festival radio station of Esperanzah! For about a decade. From time to time he spins tunes at various reggae nights in the Liège area, but now mainly focusses on trodding from reggae festival to sound system night to try and capture their essence in his reports for Reggae.be.
Andreas Peeters - editorial staff & photos
Andreas Peeters started collecting reggae in 2005, first as half of DJ duo United Steppaz, then solo for a while as Roots Apostle, and the past few years as a member of Tempest Soundsystem. Released the documentary 'BelDUB' in 2015, and remains an enthusiastic amateur and promoter of the Belgian sound system scene. Feels at ease in word and image, and now happily continues his mission under the Reggae.be banner. Unity is strength!
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.
Doryan Verberckt - photos
Doryan is one of our youngest photographers, who lost his heart to dub and reggae music. With endless enjoyment and passion, he captures the essence of modern Rasta life behind and in front of the sound systems. Reggae.be now offers him a larger platform to share his visual impressions of the best of what the Belgian reggae scene has to offer.
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!
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.
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.
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.