Essence Headed To South Africa


DURBAN, South Africa (CelebrityAccess) — Ne-Yo, Mary Mary, and Nigerian artist Wizkid are among the acts on the bill for the when the Essence Festival holds its inaugural edition in South Africa next year.

Co-produced by Rob Hallett's Robomagic, the festival, et for Nov. 8-13 at the International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa, will be a sister event to the famed New Orleans fest, and will feature both global and local performers.

In addition to Ne-Yo and Wizkid (who is featured on Drake’s hit “One Dance”), the All-Star Music concert lineup for Saturday (Nov. 12) will include rapper Riky Rick, producer/rapper AKA, DJ Tira and producer/DJ Black Coffee. The following evening’s All-Star Gospel (Nov. 13) show includes Mary Mary plus Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ntokozo Mbambo, and Dr. Tumi. Yolanda Adams will also be honored during the show and give a special performance.

The festival will also include speakers and seminars, encompassing business networking, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, wellness, and cuisine. Radio and television personality Steve Harvey, activist Rev. Al Sharpton, entertainment attorney and television personality Phaedra Parks and singers Estelle and Kelly Price are among the confirmed speakers. – Staff Writers