By: Aluta Humbane

Sisakulento ye Essence Festival, I was then summoned to attend the Saturday Music show, held at Moses Mbhida Stadium. The storm that prevailed for only 18mins nearly killed my dream of winking at Neyo but ngaminca and the storm ended. It was then, that I saw a new love for my eyes, Ricky Rick on that essence stage who had many girls losing their voices, topless and tattooed. Mmm. ‘Egwinya’

The night was filled with music, music and great music, Sisi Thandiswa Mazwai, I hashtag your matured yet exhilarating performance. Oskido took us way back, back into time with his set that had a lot of fans revealing their age in public, ‘We saw that’ – Nelson Mandela voice.


It was performance after another with DJ happy girl, DJ Zinhle, Professor, AKA, our great DJ Black coffee,  Babes Wodumo, Wiz Kid, Burma Boy – and usakabhudu lwama musicians amanye.

The night climaxed with Neyo’s performance which was introduced by the ever so dramatic Idols SA Judge Somizi Mhlongo who near fought with security for refusing him to jump kuma fans wakhe, for him to be carried like a wave. Somgaga, ngathi ubu ngewedwa, alongside him was our SABC 1 sports presenter Minnie Dlamini with an Afro that reminded mwa of Yvonne Chaka-Chaka’s youth back in the 70s, also dressed in all black that covered everything, siyabonga Sisi, you were covered. Thought ubuyi sulumani. Any who, Neyo shattered his intro with his performance which had girl screeching whatever voice that was left from emini, I left the stadium ngimanzi te!


The performance was totally amazing, you Americans can perform bandla. Good coherent intro, build up music and outro that left us wanting more. The performance was so exhilarating, day time show host – and comedian Steve Harvey, came onstage to greet everyone. Quoting his undying love for the mother land.  It was sad to see girls near kill each other next to me for the face towel Neyo threw at them which he used to wipe his face. God knows I wanted it to fall on my hands, Mmmmmm…..Akusenani……

Essence Festival 2016 was both dynamic and entertaining, I’ve never seen so many African Americans all together in one place. This is indeed your motherland, now that you’ve seen that it’s not a jungle as some pre-conceived, come visit your motherland regularly – and plough again into our tourism- and economic development.

If its uniq, we will be there.