Exclusive performances from the Essence Festival of Culture explosive evening concerts
For the first time in Essence's history, the Essence Festival of Culture goes digital offering 2 weekends of virtual entertainment, empowerment, and education for our communities.
Streaming on Essence Studios, the Essence Festival of Culture's multiday experience features virtual performances featuring leading musical artists, influences, and experts that empower our communities.
India.Arie reminds us that we can adapt to this quarantine by stepping out on faith. She performs "Strength, Courage, and Wisdom' with a live band.
Nigerian artist Burna Boy gives us some international flavor as he performs 'African Giant' and 'Collateral Damage.'
Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz gives us some musical flavor from the motherland with the song.
Estelle performs a live rendition of her song 'Queen' with Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx.
John Legend performs a string of hits including 'Ooh LaLa', 'Actions,' and the soulful 'Remember Us' with rapper Rhapsody.
We're giving you a 2019 throwback that features Nas performing two of his 90s hits 'I Can' and 'If I Ruled the World' on the 2019 ESSENCE Festival stage.
From ESSENCE Festival 2018, Queen Latifah shows support for her fellow queens in rap with her classic song 'UNITY.'
Raphael Saadiq graces us with an acapella version of 'This World is Drunk,' from his latest album, Jimmy Lee.
Teach me how to Dougie! Doug E. Fresh gets us hype as he brings us into his world with a classic beatbox and live performance from his home.
The R&B legend and soultress Patti Labelle shines light into our hearts with 'What Can I Do For You,' 'If Only You Knew,' and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.'
An all-star choir join together for a passionate and moving rendition of 'Ooh Child.' Spanning different countries -- including South Africa, the UK, the U.S., and Kenya -- we hear from Amanda Black, Lady X, Xenia, PJ Morton, Estelle, Mi Casa, Rowlene, Tamela Mann, and Marvin Sapp.
Common brings classic hip hop vibes to the ESSENCE stage with renditions of 'I Used to Love H.E.R.,' 'The People' and 'The Light.' He's joined later by BJ The Chicago Kid/
Artists pay tribute to the hometown of ESSENCE Festival of Culture with the Big 6 Brass Band, John Batiste, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, and PJ Morton.
Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol gives a vibrant, soulful performance of their single, 'Brighter Days.'
That girl is poison! Bell Biv Devoe take us back in time with a live performance of a few of their classic hits.
R&B singer Ledisi dazzles us with 'Anything for You' and a soulful version of the classic song 'Change Gonna Come.'
All the way from South Africa, Amanda Black and her live band joins the ESSENCE stage to perform 'Power.'
Exclusive music performances from the 2020 Essence Festival of Culture.