Sole DXB 2019 brought yard vibes (Jamaican culture) and street style to the Dubai Design District (D3). This year's theme centred around the music, arts and culture of my island home, Jamaica. This beautiful island is also the birthplace of music genres such as mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, and dancehall. It is from these genres that rap, jungle music and grime evolved. It was encouraging to find out that the founders of Sole DXB spent some time on the island before conceptualising the event.
The 3-day event saw street enthusiast bring their fashion A-game to D3. The Marketplace also provided an opportunity for breakthrough and independent brands to showcase limited editions and one-offs, which was new at this year's festival. Basketball fans also got their share of game, with a winner-takes-all tournament that ran throughout the festival.
Live performances from local and international acts, including Jamaica’s own reggae sensation, Koffee kept the crowds rocking into the night. Among other performers were the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, Tac, Foreign Beggars.
Though the audience was thrilled at the performances of the likes of Koffee and Dave East, many were left angry at the no-show of Burna Boy and Wiley, who were advertised to perform on the second day of the event.
See below for a pictorial review of Sole DXB 2019
Photo credits: Delroy Constantine-Simms and Out and About STYLE Magazine.