Who is Dancehall Queen Junko? Junko Kudo aka Junko is a Japanese dancehall music dancer who became a household name in 2002 after she entered the world-renown International Dancehall Queen Competition which was held at Pier One in Montego Bay, Jamaica and won.
Junko Bashment winning the competition stamped her name in history at 24 years of age as the first non-Jamaican dancer to win this prestigious competition.
Since then dancers from Japan are regularly entered into the competition
Known in the reggae world under the nickname Dancehall Queen Junko (or sometimes simply Junko after losing her title), she has since featured in videos, shows, and concerts "sound systems" in reggae music around the world, including in France.
She now also teaches dance classes in Japan and has released DVDs teaching and demonstrating the popular Jamaican culture in Japan.
DVDs released by Dancehall Queen Junko
A television report dedicated to Junko was part of the British television programme Japanorama was shown on 21st September 2006 on BBC Three.
Dancehall Queen Junko also appared in Elephant Man's "Pon Di River" and Tony Matterhon's Dutty Wine video.