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Essence Festival Preps For Return To South Africa

Essence Festival makes its way back to Durban for 2017.

Fresh off the annual Essence Festival held over the Fourth of July holiday weekend in New Orleans, organizers are now preparing for the festival's return to South Africa.

Essence on Thursday (July 6) said the festival's Durban, South Africa, edition will take place Sept. 26-Oct. 1, featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes, a talk-show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author based in Dallas. Essence magazine's editor-in-chief, Vanessa De Luca, says they'll release the rest of the lineup later.

"We're not ready to reveal the rest of the lineup but we'll be making more announcements in the future," De Luca said.

Just like the New Orleans festival, Essence Festival Durban will bring together international performers and speakers to entertain and inspire, as well as a host of local artists and experts. The event is comprised of nightly music concerts and a daily Empowerment Experience, offering workshops and seminars across various sectors, including development of women and youth in business.

De Luca said they are thrilled to be returning to South Africa for the second time.

"I think Durban has so much to offer," she said. "It is a beach destination and the vacation spot for the rest of South Africa. And, there's such a mix of global cultures. It's a nice melting pot."

Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede said the city is looking forward to this year's festival.

"Last year was an overwhelming success and the festival has played a vital part in the women empowerment programs and in showcasing our local arts and fashion sector," she said. "Durban is being discovered by global travelers looking for new and different cultural experiences combined with the excitement of nature and historical significance."

Last year's inaugural Durban Festival drew more than 10,000 attendees and featured appearances by Steve Harvey, Phaedra Parks and singers Estelle, Kelly Price, Ne-Yo, Wizkid, Black Coffee and more.

New Orleans' 23rd annual event drew more than 470,000 attendees.

This article was originally published on Billboard.

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Is No Longer The Number One Song In America

Lil Nas X's bonafide smash "Old Town Road" has been dethroned from its unprecedented 19-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to the publication, rising alt-pop star Billie Eilish now has the No. 1 song in the country with her track "Bad Guy." The song has been sitting at No. 2 for nine weeks straight. Lil Nas X, who collaborated with the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and more superstars for various remixes of the song, congratulated the 17-year-old on her first No. 1 hit via Twitter.

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Just a few weeks ago, it became the longest-running No. 1 in American music history, breaking a record held by Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (for "One Sweet Day" and "Despacito," respectively).

Lil Nas X has a lot to be proud of. Congrats on a historic run.

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DATES 09-07 Atlanta, GA - One Musicfest 10-11 Newark, NJ - Loud Records 25th Anniversary (Prudential Center) 10-12 Southaven, MS - Landers Center

 

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