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Julien “Believe” Thompson hits the Caribbean Music Festival in China


Caribbean pop superstar Julien “Believe” Thompson, the professed “Music Ambassador” of The Bahamas, whose signature style of music genre is “Junkanoo Pop” is officially a hit in China. After three stirring performances during the 18th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival (MBAF) hosted by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, audiences were left cheering for more of Julien. He belted out some of his most popular chart-topping hits including “The Caribbean Slide” – a collaboration with Bahamian singing sensation Angelique Sabrina White, and during his final night’s performance at the Tango Club, he performed a medley of popular Bahamian Junkanoo hits.  As he gyrated and swayed to “There’s a brown girl in the ring” moving through the crowd he rallied the audience into a ring play – and the room boomed with the Junkanoo beat that followed.  What a successful finale for Mr. Believe whose voluntary participation in this year’s Festival marks the “Jump and Wine” singer’s first time performing in the nation’s capital city of Beijing.  This performance following his riveting appearance at the Miss World in Sanya, China in 2015, affirms there is an appetite for Julien’s soul, passion and fresh music.

"Meet in Beijing", held annually, is a festival providing an opportunity to connect with art from around the world. As Asia's biggest international arts festival in the spring, the 18th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival, true to form brought in arts carnival to the city from April 27 to May 31.

Nearly 800 Chinese and foreign artists from 19 countries and regions brought 130 performances, three art exhibitions and a number of public art education activities to major theaters and art centers in the city.

"Meet in Beijing" is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, State Administration of Radio and Television, and the Beijing municipal government; it is organized by the China Arts and Entertainment Group and Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture.

This year the festival is aimed at further promoting cultural exchanges between countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative as this year also marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative.