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Prince to headline Essence Fest

Prince has been announced as the headline act at Essence Festival in New Orleans next year.

The Purple Rain singer will headline the festival's 20th year in the annual celebration of black music and culture that runs from July 3 to 6.

Prince last performed at Essence in 2004 and was a headliner this year too, at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Essence has been held every Independence Day weekend since 1995, when it marked the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine.

The festival includes nightly concerts at the Louisiana Superdome and empowerment seminars during the day.

Organisers have said that the rest of the line-up will be announced at a later date.

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