Photo by Chris Mitchell
ESSENCE After Dark™ MUSIC returned in person to Republic NOLA and kicked off world night with whimpering waists and shaking hips.
Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, singer, songwriter and producer Pheelz opened with a performance of her latest single “Finesse” and excited the crowd with a call and response, “We Outside!”
Later that evening, sponsored by Coca-Cola, HoodCelebrity noted how happy she was to be among the artists performing as ESSENCE Fest returned live to New Orleans. Her unforgettable performance included a ladies’ serenade, where she said to a woman, “Yo! I like your energy. I think you’re my new best friend tonight. “That’s what I mean: female empowerment,” she shared in an interview after her performance.
The night continued in the common joy. From current Dancehall and Afro-beats hits to retro Reggaeton, the crowd fed on each other’s energy, and all night it was up! “It gives a block party vibe,” said a radio personality LORE’Lwho hosted the show with DJ Scratch.
Kranium maintained the mood, while Mr. Vegas ended the evening with his dancers in the audience. The HoodCelebrity Shakers enthusiastically joined in the fun, and the performers and audience laughed and danced like old friends.
The black joy was contagious and full. The night was, as Mr. Vegas would say, BLESSED.
See more highlights from world night to ESSENCE After Dark Music in the images above. For more on everything you missed at ESSENCE Culture Festival 2022, visit our official content hub HERE.