ESSENCE Festival®! will be expanding to the international stage with the first-ever ESSENCE Festival® in Durban, South Africa Nov. 8-13.
The first night of the two-day music concert will be dedicated to the best of African hip hop, afro-soul, kwaito and house music. Megastars Cassper Nyovest, WizKid, Burna Boy, AKA and Riky Rick will take to the stage on the day.
Added to the line-up is Thandiswa Mazwai, DJ Zinhle, Black Coffee, Tira, DJ Zinhle, Oskido, Big Nuz and Babes Wodumo. With Minnie Dlamini and Somizi Mhlongo serving as MC's, R&B crooner Ne-Yo will dazzle concert-goers as the international act.
On the second day of the festival, gospel music will take centre stage, with Joyous Celebration, Sfiso Ncwane, Dr Tumi, Thobekile, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Malusi Mbokazi, Izinceku and Ntokozo Mbambo taking to the stage. Grammy-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo will also perform. Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams complete the lineup.
Steve Harvey, Estelle Swaray and Kelly Price are set to make an appearance during the festival.