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Davido, Nasty C, VanJess, Vanessa Mdee, Sauti Sol & More to Preform at Essence Fest 2019

This year's lineup is 🔥.

The Essence Fest line up has just been announced, and it features some of our favorite artists from the continent.

The annual summer festival takes place on 4th of July weekend in New Orleans, and is one of the largest black festivals in the nation. This festival will celebrate its 25th year in 2019, with 25 experiences throughout the weekend.

Nigerian megastar Davido, who recently set a major record for Nigerian pop with his hit single "Fall" is set to perform during this year's festival. Sibling R&B duo VanJess will also be performing.


Representing for Tanzania is Vanessa Mdee. Kenyan pop group Sauti Sol are also slated for a performance at this year's festival. Representing for South Africa are Nasty C, Amanda Black and actress Celeste Ntuli.

Headlining the festival is none other than Missy Elliott, who will be joined by R&B legend Mary J. Blige. The lineup also includes Nas, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Anthony Hamilton, H.E.R. and many more. This year's festival will honor soul legend Franky Beverly.

Essence Fest takes place at the New Orleans Superdome from July 4-7. Check out the full line-up below.

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For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

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Rick Jade release their debut album.

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