Time Inc.’s 2016 Essence Festival Durban Reveals First-Round Lineup | Business Wire

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Organizers of Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence Festival Durban today

announced the first-round lineup of participants for the inaugural

event, taking place November 8–13, 2016, at the International Convention

Center and the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

Renowned television host, actor, author, radio personality and

entrepreneur Steve Harvey is partnering with the first-ever

Essence Festival Durban to bring more attention and definition to trade

and business opportunities between the United States and Africa.

Distinguished civil rights activist, community leader and

television/radio host Rev. Al Sharpton; fitness expert and

motivational speaker Shaun T.; television personality and

entertainment attorney Phaedra Parks; and accomplished

singer/songwriters Estelle and Kelly Price are among the

confirmed speakers for the festival’s daytime Empowerment Experience. In

addition, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Yolanda Adams

will be honored during the event’s All-Star Gospel Tribute and will give

a special closing weekend performance. Additional appearances are to be

announced soon.

“This is a milestone year for the Essence brand as we get ready to bring

one of our most beloved events to the heart of South Africa in the

coastal city of Durban, which represents an exciting mix of cultures,”

said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “This inaugural Essence Festival

Durban will bring together voices of influence and power from the

continent of Africa, the United States and around the globe to connect

communities and empower women spanning the diaspora.”

As the sister event to the annual Essence Festival New Orleans, the

Essence Festival Durban will feature not only global performers and

speakers to entertain and inspire but also a host of local experts and

performing artists, including famed South African record producer/DJ Black

Coffee; South African actress, dancer and singer Nondumiso Tembe;Wololo hitmaker Babes Wodumo; Durban-based kwaito group

Big Nuz;Fuse Academy co-founder DJ Zinhle;Afro-jazz

musician Thandiswa Mazwai;and many more to be announced


Her Worship The Mayor of Durban, Cllr, Zandile Gumede said, “We are

excited as the City of Durban to be hosting an event of this magnitude.

The festival will provide an invaluable platform for businesses and

artists to network and build relationships with international experts

for locals to be globally competitive. Durban is well positioned as an

events destination for global niche tourism and we seek to take

advantage of this positioning to create a platform for growth, socio-

economic development, and empowerment of our emerging businesses.

Through this partnership with Essence, we want to showcase our cultural

diversity, arts and heritage as well as business acumen to South Africa

and the rest of the world. Our vision is that Durban should be ‘Africa’s

most caring and liveable city by 2030’, and Essence Festival Durban will

help towards creating a diverse cultural economy.”

Free and open to the public, the Empowerment Experience at the Essence

Festival Durban will also offer a range of enrichment programming,


  • Money + Power Showcase, providing unique opportunities for

    businesses to network and to meet potential buyers from both local and

    international markets.

  • Beauty and Style Expo, featuring designers from across the

    African continent showcasing and selling their products.

  • Lifestyle & Wellness Experience, featuring fitness workouts

    from celebrity fitness experts and healthy living tips.

  • Essence Eats, showcasing celebrity chefs preparing their

    specialty dishes and cuisine from Durban Sister Cities.

For more information, visit Essence.com.


Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company

dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in

publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication,

Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for

African-American women, generating brand extensions, such as the Essence

Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, the

Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series,

Essence.com and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD).

For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been

the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions

relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional

information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.


Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world’s leading media companies,

with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide

digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each

month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include

People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple and Southern

Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.