It looks like the lineup for the Essence Festival Durban just got a little more interesting.
If you didn’t know already, The Essence Festival Durban — in Durban, South Africa — is the sister event to the yearly Essence Festival in New Orleans, and it’ll be held November 8-13 in Moses Mabhida Stadium, as well the International Convention Center.
Other acts on the bill include the Grammy Award winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo, who will join Mary Mary for the event’s All-Star Gospel lineup on November 13.
In addition, the Rev. Al Sharpton will be speaking at one of the many seminars that’ll take place, along with Real House of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks. Plus, gospel veteran Yolanda Adams will give a performance and be honored during the festival as well.
Overall, the six day event will offer a variety of activities, seminars and performances for the attendees, and during the day there will be networking opportunities in the areas of fashion, beauty, wellness and the culinary arts.
Michelle Ebanks, who’s the president at Essence, said the event will both empower and entertain people and hopefully connect women from varying communities and cultures across the globe.
“New Orleans and Durban are sister cities, and we are thrilled to present there sister festivals both in 2016,” she said in a statement.
“As Essence converges on Durban during South Africa’s beautiful summer season, we are creating a week-long experience that will inspire women globally and convene our communities across the diaspora,” added Ebanks.