US comedian and television guru, Steve Harvey is expected to attend the debut Essence Music Festival in Durban, South Africa from November 8 to 13.
According to media reports, the comedian who famously mis-crowned the wrong contestant at the Miss Universe annual pageant last year is expected to be attending the event at the International Convention Centre and Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Steve will be joined at the festival by a host of US stars, including singer/ songwriters Estelle and Kelly Price, who will both speak at the festival.
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Yolanda Adams will also be making the trip to perform at the event’s All-Star Gospel Tribute.
The international stars will be joined by a host of local acts, including Big Nuz, DJ Zinhle, Thandiswa Mazwai, Babes Wodumo and Black Coffee.
This festival is said to be an extension of the popular US Essence Festival held in New Orleans each year.
Top American actor, Omari Hardwick popularly known as Ghost from the series Power, is also said to be currently visiting South Africa, to film a new Castle Lite commercial.
Hardwick is in the next three days expected to be filming the summer campaign in Cape Town.
“I have tasted Castle Lite, I love it. The green bottle is what makes it interesting. I have been a beer drinker since college. It’s interesting that you watch so many celebrities and the brands that they uphold or endorse a brand – they get paid a lot of money for that.
“You then wonder when you see the commercial that did they partake, even an ounce. So it was very cool to be involved in something that I will be literally involved in,” he said of the collaboration.
According to media reports, asked about his first impression of South Africa at a recently held press conference held in Sandton he said he had not done much as yet.
“I haven’t seen much of South Africa yet, I was talking to someone about Cape Town versus Joburg. It was ironic because I would have hit West Africa, prior, then a family emergency was the reason for it not to happen. It’s interesting to first start out in South Africa.”
He explained that in the end it all worked out.
“You are not an American of a conscious if you are not following Mandela’s work to unite a country. This would be the first place that I would imagine that god would want to be first,” he said.
Omari said he would be channelling his on-screen persona, Ghost, during the campaign.
“Ghost is confident, cool and impressive. He even makes me cooler. Omari is ok, but Ghost is cooler,” he is said to have joked during the announcement.