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Junior Reid Headlines Inaugural Reggae Festival in Dubai

Roots singer Junior Reid will headline the inaugural Dubai Reggae Festival which takes place, November 7, 2015.

Reid will launch his, "Junior Reid The Living Legend" album two days before the event. Singer Wayne Wonder is also confirmed for the festival. So too is Barbadian soca artiste Rupee, Jamaican deejay Rasta Rocket, and one of Africa's leading reggae acts, Kriss Darling of Kenya. DJ Justin (Justin Morin), a Jamaican sound system selector who lives in Dubai, is also part of the festival.

The promoter responsible for introducing reggae/dancehall to Dubai, Kenya Don, is also the man behind annual Beachfest event which was first held there in 2013. He described the Dubai Reggae Festival as an expansion of Beachfest and also express gratitude for being able to stage the event, "it's a blessing to do the first reggae festival in the Middle East. We're moving from one artiste each month to a major show," said Kenya Don.

This year, several dancehall/reggae acts performed in Dubai on Beachfest including Mr. Vegas, Diana King, Red Rat and Elephant Man. The Kenyan-born promoter has staged similar shows throughout Africa before getting involved in booking artistes for dates in Dubai, largest city in the United Arab Emirates and home to a large expatriate community. He has promoted shows in other Middle East territories, namely Bahrain and Qatar.