Soul veteran Lionel Richie has signed up to headline next year's (06) Barbados Jazz Festival.

The 56-year-old HELLO hitmaker will be joined by singer Jill Scott and saxophonist BONY JAMES at the 13th annual event, which is scheduled to run from 9 to 16 January (06).

Richie last performed in Barbados in 1978 with his band the Commodores.

Previous performers at the festival include Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross and Patti Labelle.