Grammy-nominated songstress Ledisi and rap legend Doug E. Fresh have been added as Superlounge artists during the 2010 Essence Music Festival. The artists, who will both perform on Sunday, July 4th, will join a stellar line-up of artists performing during the annual event over the Fourth of July weekend, including: Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Alicia Keys; Earth, Wind & Fire; Gladys Knight; Trey Songz; Chrisette Michele; Estelle; Irma Thomas; Melanie Fiona; Mary Mary; Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; Arrested Development and many more.

Ledisi is featured in ESSENCE’s July issue feature, Why I Love Being a Black Woman, where nine leading ladies talk about what they love about themselves. Visit to hear Real Woman — an exclusive song Ledisi dedicated in honor of the photo shoot.

Doug E. Fresh, the first human beat box in the rap world — and still the best of all time — has amazed audiences with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects, and often large samples of hip-hop classics. By 1985, he was one of the biggest names in rap music, and his first single for Reality, The Show/La Di Da Di, became a hip-hop classic.

If you’re thinking about attending you need to hurry up and finalize your plans. Although I will not be there, if you can make it, I say go for it.

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