Beef Biography (Wikipedia)
Beef is a Dutch band, formed out of an underground radio show called "The Chop Shop" in 1999. While generally classified as reggae, their music is actually a combination of many different styles.
Their early recordings, released only on cassettes (the 1.1Gr.Fm Sessions), have become collector items. The same holds for the 10 inch EP release Babylon By Beef (Drunken Maria, 1999). After the first full studio album, entitles Flexodus (Partners in Crime, 1999), record company PIAS picked up on the buzz, signed the band and had them record their self-titled 2nd album in England. Under productional leadership of singing legend Bitty McLean, "Beef!" was created. "Late Night Sessions", the first single from that album, reached out to an even bigger audience when airplay on radio and television took off.
2002 was the first year that the band was invited to the Nuit Tipique festival in Burkina Faso. Later, in 2005, they were voted "the most popular foreign band to attend the festival in the last 10 years" by the festival visitors. In the same year, the band also won the prestigious "Zilveren Harp" (Silver Harp) for their contribution and promise to the Dutch Pop Culture.