Julien “Believe” Thompson rocked the stage with Bahamian musicians at the Music Waves, Midi and Strawberry Music Festival (Music Waves) 2019, at The Rose Bud, Chaoyang International Cultural Exchange Center, 798 Art District, in Beijing, The People’s Republic of China, on May 26, 2019. Vocalists Freddie Munnings, Jr., and Angel Reckley joined Julien “Believe” for the set with Brick City Band members Inspectors Julian Darville and Jackson Jeffer, and Corporals Treco Johnson and Chineko Andrews. The team of visiting musicians were conducting a number of live performances in Beijing, through May 27, 2019. Among those present included the Bahamas Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Sterling R.L. Quant, and Bahamian supporters and fans.
Also among the various international and Chinese musicians slated to perform at the Festival were — from the Caribbean region — Trinidadian artiste Akil “5Star Akil” Anthony Borneo, the Dominican Republic’s renowned musical group Sistema Temperado, and Jamaican Reggae legend Junior Kelly (Keith Morgan).
Music Waves has been held 13 times since 2004, and has a potential broadcast and social media audience of millions of viewers. After a lively set of classic Bahamian tracks and pop songs from the team of musicians, Julien “Believe” ended with a medley of his “Junkanoo Pop” hits, and had the audience in a dance circle, teaching them a few steps. The entire studio audience, including a few children, also posed for with the Bahamian vocalists for a few photos, showcasing the ability of music to help create friendships and encourage cultural exchange. (BIS Photos/Eric Rose)