ESSENCE Festival 2016 to feature Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Ciara, and more

By Will Robinson
March 01, 2016 at 03:32 PM EST
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This summer’s ESSENCE Festival has landed the hottest rapper in the game.

Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar returns to New Orleans to headline the musical bash from June 30 to July 3. Joining him to perform over the four nights at the Superdome are Mariah Carey, Ciara, Maxwell, Andra Day, New Edition, Babyface, Charlie Wilson, Faith Evans, and more.

“The ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment — from global music icons to the industry’ rising stars,” ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement.

The 22nd iteration of the festival will debut the World Music Superlounge, which will shine a spotlight on international musicians, such as South Africa’s Zakes Bantwini and Skye Wanda.

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Also performing are Jeremih, Leon Bridges, The Internet, DeJ Loaf, Lion Babe, Tink, BJ The Chicago Kid, Cyril Neville, Daley, Digable Planets, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Jidenna Judith Hill, Kelly Price, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Little Simz, Mali Music, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, Tyrese, and V. Bozeman. More performers will be announced.

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