September 21, 2023

The festival will be held from June 29-July 3, 2023, at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

By Hope Ibiale

Nigerian artistes, Wizkid, Tems, and Kizz Daniel, have been announced as some artistes slated to perform at the 2023 Essence Festival of Culture. They will share the Essence stage with artistes like Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Muni Long, Meghan Thee Stallion, Gucci Mane, Coco Jones, Monica, Kid Capri, and many others.

This year’s event, which is dedicated to celebrating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hills, will make history as the first Essence festival with an all-female hip-hop headliners lineup. The festival will be held from June 29-July 3, 2023, at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Tems and Wizkid
L-R. Tems, Wizkid

Essence Festival of Culture 2023 Kizz Daniel

In a press release, Hakeem Holmes, the Vice President of the Essence Festival of Culture, noted, “For nearly three decades, the Essence Festival of Culture has been an international and joyful gathering that empowers community throughout the global Black diaspora. As the nation’s largest festival by per day attendance, it continues to be a crown jewel of Black culture. It plays a pivotal role in the amplification and celebration of the contributions of the Black community through business, music, and more. As we gear up to celebrate the ’50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop,’ we couldn’t think of a better way to honor the contributions that genre has made to global culture and the impressions that these artists and their deep musical catalogs, which we all know so well, have been ingrained into the fibers of our day to day lives.”

The Essence Festival, also known as the party with a purpose, is an annual music festival that started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. Since its launch, the festival has become one of the most prominent African-American culture and music events in the United States. Held over the Fourth of July weekend at the Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, this three-day event combines high-octane music performances with inspirational speakers and educative conversations about gender, race, culture, and art.

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