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Doechii releases new music via 360 MAGAZINE

DOECHII – NICE

Tampa native Doechii drops ‘Bitch I’m Nice.’ Listen HERE.

Recently named a 2022 XXL FreshmanDoechii slayed two provocative television performances of her hits Persuasive and Crazy One on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the other on the mainstage on the BET Awards, of which Vulture stated, “While everyone in L.A. Microsoft Theater rose to their feet, I felt invigorated, like I could kick someone’s ass Doechii’s fiery performance didn’t just snatch her own wig: It snatched everybody’s.”

The Swamp Princess also performed at the prestigious Essence Festival in New Orleans, was nabbed as the RADAR US Cover Artist at Spotify, the VEVO DSCVR Artist for June, the BET Artist of the Month for June, named a Billboard Queer Game-Changer for Pride, and now as MTV’s Push Artist for July.

Rolling Stone and The LA Times named Persuasive as one of the ‘Best Songs Of 2022.’ Further, Complex listed Crazy as one of the Best Songs of 2022 and NPR chose her as an artist to watch, stating “Crazy lets us know she’s coming in swinging.” Both tracks have amassed 20 million streams.

Persuasive and Crazy and are testament to the breadth of Doechii’s sound and talents. In 2020, she dominated the internet with her debut EP, Oh the Places You’ll Go. Subsequently, in 2021 on Spotify, BRA-LESS as well as Yucky Blucky Fruitcake have garnered over 35 million plays.

Lastly, Isaiah Rashad’s Wat U Sed f/ Doechii was positively mentioned in Complex, XXL, Rolling Stone, Pigeons & Planes and Hiphopdx.

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ESSENCE Festival Promo image via Sheila Harris for use by 360 magazine

ESSENCE Festival Features Bobby Brown × Keith Sweat

ESSENCE Festival of Culture will feature R&B legends Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat on July 1.

It’s official! The battle for the title of R&B king is back on the line and this time, two of the genre’s icons are going head-to-head for the crown in a Verzuz battle to rival the best of them—and it’s all going down at the 2021 Essence Festival of Culture presented by Coca-Cola.

Get ready to watch none other than Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat go hit-for-hit in what’s sure to be an epic showdown filled with a host of the R&B classics we love. Mark your calendars and get your watch party crew together to watch these stars on Thursday, July 1 at 8 PM EST via ESSENCE.com, the Triller app, and the Verzuz TV Instagram page. The Essence Festival x Verzuz stage is a show you surely won’t want to miss.

Bobby Brown is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer who has been dominating the music industry since the 1980s. Originally part of the R&B and pop group New Edition, Brown stepped out for a highly successful solo career in 1985. He’s known for his hits like Don’t Be Cruel and Every Little Step. His sound was influenced by musicians like Prince, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye, which served him well as he went on to win Grammy Award and even cameo in Ghostbusters II, for which he contributed two songs on the soundtrack. He later married (and divorced) superstar singer Whitney Houston and wrote a tell-all book about his life, which was released shortly after her death. He has since returned his focus to his music, including performing once before with Keith Sweat at the Valentine’s Day Music Festival in Houston, TX.

Brown will appear opposite Keith Sweat, a fellow singer, producer, and R&B genius. He was also an important early figure in the new jack swing movement. Sweat’s career began in the 1970s and he has gone on to soar to new heights ever since. The musician honed his craft in his early years while he was a part of the music group Jamilah, before branching out as a solo artist in 1984. His collection of hits like I Want Her, Make You Sweat, and I’ll Give All My Love To You won him not only fans and fame but also awards recognizing his stellar R&B style. He eventually found himself working with other expert musicians again when he helped form the R&B supergroup LSG with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill. He also discovered and supported other popular R&B groups like Silk and Kut Klose.

As a part of their showdown, the Essence Festival × Verzuz stage will feature an endless list of hits like Bobby Brown’s My Prerogative, Don’t Be Cruel, and Every Little Step, as well as Keith Sweat’s Nobody, Twisted, and Make It Last Forever. In other words, you’ll want to have all your best dance moves ready, folks. 

Essence Festival of Culture x Verzuz is sponsored by Ciroc, Nike, and Coca-Cola.

ELLE VARNER RELEASES “ELLEVATION”

GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER ELLE VARNER RELEASES NEW PROJECT “ELLEVATION” TODAY!

RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR “KINDA LOVE”

Grammy-Award winner Elle Varner is excited to release her highly anticipated new project ELLEVATION via Entertainment One (“eOne”). Previously, Elle released singles “Loving U Blind” and “Pour Me” featuring Wale as well as her new single “Kinda Love” and has released the video for the island vibe-feeling single today. Executive produced by Elle, ELLEVATION features Rapsody, songwriting by Stacy Barthe and production from Nascent, Jordan Ware, Jason Avalos, Los Hendrix, with Vocals produced by Jimmy Varner and mixed by Gordon Williams. ELLEVATION is currently available on all streaming platforms as well as Amazon, Target and Walmart stores.

WATCH “KINDA LOVE” HERE

GET/BUY “ELLEVATION” HERE

Elle kicked off the July 4th weekend with a performance of “Kinda Love” live on Good Morning America to rave reviews (click here to view) and followed up with a performance at the 25th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. She is currently planning a tour for the early fall and will be appearing at the Howard Theater on July 18 in Washington, D.C. and at Sony Hall on July 19. For more information log onto www.ellevarner.com.

“ELLEVATION” TRACKLIST 

    1. Coffee On The Roof
    1. Pour Me (feat. Wale)
    1. 1 to 10 
    1. Wishing Well (feat. Rapsody)
    1. Number One Song
    1. Loving U Blind
    1. Kinda Love
    1. Casanova
  1. Be Encouraged

Ella Mai and Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour

10 Summers and Interscope Records’ breakout star Ella Mai will be joining the esteemed Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour. Ella Mai will appear on seven of the tour’s October dates, kicking off her run in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. The announcement marks yet another accomplishment for the UK songstress whose debut single, “Boo’d Up” is now RIAA Certified Double-Platinum.

Ella Mai’s latest single, “Trip,” is also being met with high praise, with SPIN describing it as, “a bouncy R&B jam with another earworm hook so infectious you can’t help but put your hands up.” As the 23-year old embraces her sweeping success, she has made a point of documenting her journey on YouTube in the form vlogs titled Ellasodes. The first episode highlights her BET Awards experience, while the latest video will detail her Essence Festival performance. Ella Mai is currently on the road, headlining her own sold out Boo’d Up tour.

VISIT DURBAN × ULTRAMARATHON

The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km (approx. 56 miles) which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. Registrations for the 93rd edition of the race open tomorrow, Friday, September 1 and close on November 30, or when the entry limit of 20,000 runners is reached. The Comrades Marathon 2018 theme is “No Turning Back” which encapsulates the grit, perseverance and determination it takes to complete.

For the first time ever, the race will finish at Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium, host of the 2010 World Cup.

(Courtesy of Google Images)

 

Wondering why Durban is an awesome place to race, then stay and play? Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. The Golden Mile

This 3.7 mile long sandy beach is by far the greatest attraction in Durban. Swimming is good all year round due to the warm, subtropical climate. Surfing is prevalent, dozens of pools can be found along the esplanade, and crafts can be purchased from seaside stalls. Exotic restaurants, nightclubs, and many hotels can be found beachside. For some of the best views on the beach, visitors can hop on a brightly colored rickshaw and cruise the Golden Mile, Zulu style.

2. Vibrant Afro-Indian Culture & Cuisine

Durban is a coastal melting pot influenced by African and Indian cultures and is home to the largest Indian population outside of India. In the Central Business District, visitors can stroll the Victoria Street Market where men in traditional kurtas and women in saris sell spices, curry powders, silk scarves, and more. One of Durban’s top culinary delights is the city’s signature dish of Bunny Chow, Indian curry housed in a hollowed-out loaf of white bread.

3. uShaka Marine World

Located at the end of the Golden Mile, this 40-acre theme park offers water rides, interactive animal shows, a snorkeling lagoon, shark cage diving, a reptile exhibit, shopping, myriad dining options, and more. uShaka Marine World is made up of five distinct sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, and uShaka Kids World.

4. Moses Mabhida Stadium

With its iconic “arch of triumph”, Moses Mabhida Stadium is an engineering feat that provides Durban with a defining landmark to match the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s Opera House, or the London Eye. Built in 2009, the 85,000 seat stadium played host to the 2010 World Cup and today is the site of large-scale sporting events, Essence Festival Durban, and six signature activities. These include The Adventure Walk, a 500-step guided climb to the top of the arch, and the Big Rush Big Swing, the Guinness Book of World Records’ tallest swing allowing the adventurous to free fall 772 feet into the stadium bowl while attached to a harness.

5. Essence Festival Durban

The Essence Festival returns to Durban September 26 – October 1, 2017. In its second year in South Africa, the festival will again showcase international performers; world-famous speakers; and local artists, chefs, and experts. Just a few of the big names who took part in 2016 included Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, and Kelly Price. A sister festival to the long-running New Orleans Essence Festival, the Essence Festival promotes climate of empowerment, inspiration, and entertainment.

6. Florida Road

Florida Road is the heart of Durban’s entertainment scene. The buzz in this shopping, dining, and nightlife district starts in the early morning at the bustling sidewalk cafes and continues throughout the day at a wide range of boutiques, galleries, and more than 30 eateries.


7. Zulu Experiences

Zulu people make up the largest ethnic group of South Africa, with an estimated 10 million residents in KwaZulu-Natal. Several opportunities exist to explore Zulu culture in the Durban area including Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, which feature replica Zulu homesteads where visitors can participate in traditional ceremonies, learn Zulu customs, try traditional beer, and enjoy energetic Zulu dance performances; and iSithumba, an authentic Zulu village in the Valley of 1000 Hills where visitors can venture into homes and establishments to meet, interact with, and learn from locals.

8. Inanda Heritage Route

The Inanda Heritage Route includes some of Durban’s most important, albeit little-known, historical sites providing a snapshot of critical moments in South African and Indian history. Stops include Mahatma Ghandi’s Phoenix Settlement; the gravesite of Dr. John L. Dube, the first-ever president of the African National Congress; and Inanda Seminary, the first secondary school for African girls.

9. Accessible Location

King Shaka International Airport is located just 25 minutes north of Durban’s city center, offering convenient international access and domestic flights to all major South African cities.

10. Proximity to Outdoor Adventures in Greater KwaZulu-Natal

Durban is the jumping off point to the Zulu Kingdom, and visitors can experience the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, the abundant wildlife of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park, and the wetland wonders of St. Lucia, by driving just two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours outside of the city.

ABOUT DURBAN

Located an hour southeast of Johannesburg by air, Durban is the beachfront gem of KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN). A bustling harbor city and popular surfing spot, Durban lies on the Indian Ocean and is South Africa’s third largest urban area. Remnants of British colonialism and a mix of Zulu, Indian, and Afrikaans traditions give the city a rich cultural heritage, while outdoor activities abound on the signature “Golden Mile” beachfront and in the lush rolling hills that encompass Durban’s suburbs. For more information, visit www.durbanexperience.co.za.

Essence Festival 2017 Recap by Stylist Javier Pedroza

#essencefestival #2017 recap! My #gal #pal is BUUUUSSYYYYY 🙂 @SelenisLeyva and her girls Dascha Polanco @sheisdash & Adrienne Moore @acmoore9 wrap up their OITNB #neworleans tour. Thank you to @nicolemillernyc, @gabrielandco, @carltonjonescollection, @ninashoes, @dannpp86, @onna_ehrlich and @melraps . Styled by me 🙂 @javier_pedroza and glam by @mua_evelyncruz. 

Essence Festival – Selenis Leyva – Press for OITNB by stylist Javier Pedroza 

Heeeelllooo #essencefestival! My #gal #pal @selenisleyvaofficial is ready for more press! #oitnb #season5 #leyvaseason Selenis is wearing this great PF 17 @nicolemillernyc dress and jewelry by @gabrielandco. Styled by me 🙂 #javierpedroza and glam by the fab @mua_evelyncruz. 😘❤️ #teamleyva #neworleans #360magazine #fashion #globalsociety