Watching Wu-Tang Clan in the rain at Sole DXB will forever go down in history as one of Dubai’s most memorable moments for our generation. Raekwon, YDB, and cohorts were among the roll call of international acts flown in for the eighth edition of Sole DXB alongside Yasiin Bey + Talib Kweli are Black Star, Koffee and YBN Cordae.
Cinema Akil kicked off the proceedings with an opening-night screening of Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, and Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli, Jamaican music producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and hip-hop photographer Janette Beckman took part in talks on reggae culture. Meanwhile, Don Letts, New York DJ duo Stretch + Bobbito, and Dubai’s very own Dan Greenpeace were broadcasting live on Sole On Air.
Participating brands included Burberry, adidas Originals, Jordan Brand, Puma, and homegrown streetwear label Amongst Few, with d3 Marketplace hosting breakthrough designers. Shout out to Levi’s and Farfetch for encouraging us to get creative with customisation and by tie-dyeing your own Stadium T-shirts, respectively.
Dubai remains a shadow of its former self in the aftermath of Sole. Job done, fellas.
Photos: Farel Bissotto, Mark Field Photography and supplied