Tippy I Grade | Akae Beka Special | Trix, Antwerp | 31-07-2024


Trix, Antwerp


08:00 - 18:00




31 Jul 2024
Akae Beka Tribute Special by Tippy I Grade with Jah Heavy Load & Blackbird Soundsystem

Join us for an unforgettable night of deep basslines, echoing rhythms, and irie vibes. Immerse yourself in the pulsating sounds of dub music as Tippy I Grade takes you on a journey through the music of Akae Beka aka Benjamin Vaughn Aka The Voice of Midnite, the iconic reggae band from the Virgin Islands. Akae Beka or Vaughn Benjamin was a prolific and enigmatic figure in the world of reggae music. He was the lead singer and lyricist for the reggae band Midnite, which he co-founded with his brother Ron Benjamin in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, in the late 1980s. Benjamin’s musical universe was characterized by profound spiritual depth, intricate wordplay, and a unique blend of reggae, dub, roots, and other musical influences.

Benjamin’s lyrics were deeply philosophical, drawing on Rastafarian beliefs, African spirituality, and social commentary. He explored themes such as spirituality, the struggles of everyday life, social injustice, and the quest for inner peace and liberation. His poetic and metaphorical approach to songwriting made his lyrics resonate with listeners on a profound level, often inviting them to reflect on the deeper meanings behind his words.

Tragically, Vaughn Benjamin passed away in 2019, leaving behind a legacy of music that continues to inspire and uplift listeners around the world. His contributions to reggae music and his exploration of spiritual themes have solidified his place as one of the genre’s most revered and influential figures. Feel the rhythm, sway to the beat, and let the positive vibrations wash over you as we transform Trix into a haven of meditating and dubwise delights.


In addition to the musical festivities, we’re offering an exclusive workshop : the Art of Live Dub Mixing led by Tippy I Grade himself. Learn about the history and evolution of dub music, explore the techniques behind mixing and producing dub tracks, and get hands-on experience with live dubbing action. Whether you’re a seasoned dub aficionado or a curious newcomer, this workshop is your chance to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this influential genre.

Aftervibes will be provided by Jah Heavy Load and Blackbird Soundsystem.