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Jill Scott Joins 2017 Essence Festival Durban Lineup

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Jill Scott performs at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca Cola at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 1, 2017 in New Orleans.

Jill Scott is set to perform at the 2017 Essence Festival Durban. The magazine returns to South Africa to host its second festival Sept. 26 to Oct. 1.

Opening for Scott on her Sept. 30 show will be South African artists Nasty C, Mi Casa, Babes Wodumo and Khuzani. Headlining the next evening’s all-star gospel concert (Oct. 1) are Bishop T.D. Jakes and the South Africa choir Joyous Celebration. Scott, one of the headliners for Mary J. Blige’s “Ladies Night” show at the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans, recently marked her debut at the Hollywood Bowl in August.

The inaugural Essence Festival Durban (Nov. 8-13, 2016) featured performances and appearances by Ne-Yo, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Estelle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and media personality Steve Harvey. The event drew more than 60,000 attendees.

Essence has also announced next year’s dates for its annual festival in New Orleans: July 5-8, 2018.