Brandy, Elle Varner, Kendrick Lamar & more headline Philly’s Global Fusion Festival [PICS]
Brandy, Elle Varner, Kenny Lattimore, Luke James, Kendrick Lamar and R.K.M. & Ken-Y rocked out the Penn’s Landing crowd in Philadelphia last night (July 21) for the city’s 6th annual Global Fusion Festival.
“I’m just really blessed to be here,” Brandy said at a press conference that followed her performance. “The crowd tonight was unbelievable.”
Philly showed Brandy mad love and was anxious for more. Dressed in black and red leggings, a light blue shirt and colorful sneakers, Brandy sang “I Wanna Be Down,” “Almost Doesn’t Count” and other songs that began her career. Plus, newer songs including her recently released “Put It Down” track featuring Chris Brown. The songstress ended her set with “The Boy Is Mine” as a result of chants and screams of “Brandy, Brandy” calling her back to the outdoor stage minutes after she planned to close.
There were talks of a Brandy/Monica tour a while back, but Brandy, who shared how even after almost 20 years in the business she still gets stage fright until she actually starts performing, said she’s focusing on her album first.
“I’m open to it, but right now I’m really focusing on making sure the album really comes out October 2. And I’m trying to find a way to balance the acting, because I think I’m going to go back to The Game for next season. So, I’m just trying to find a way to do both simultaneously,” she said.
Upcoming albums seemed to be a common factor amongst the Global Fusion Festival performers.
After singing his hit songs, including the 1990s classic “For You,” Kenny Lattimore talked about his upcoming album Back 2 Cool slated to release in September.
Kendrick Lamar also dropped by after being added to the lineup just three days before the event. The Cali rapper revealed how his highly anticipated album good kid, m.A.A.d city (October 2) will have the same flow of his old mixtapes and said he hasn’t been in the studio with Lady Gaga yet as most people might assume, but sees it as a possibility.
Elle Varner, fresh off multiple summer festival stages, shared a few beauty secrets before going on to do her set. Decked out in Patricia Field accessories, Elle said the trick to maintaining curly hair is leaving it alone; touching it after washing is what makes it frizzy.
And she, like the others, also talked about her upcoming album, Perfectly Imperfect, set to drop next month. She said it’ll only feature J. Cole because wanted to stay true to herself for her debut/introductory project. Although she says her newfound fan-base is at times overwhelming (in a good way), the Conversational Lush singer called it an honor to be able to use singing as a platform to motivate young girls–a lot of which filled Penn’s Landing.
Known for being Philly’s largest one-day fest, the 8-hour event welcomed all ages and celebrated the unification of the city’s African Diaspora, Caribbean, Hispanic and Asian cultures. Despite possible rain in the forecast, waves of people ate, sang, rapped and danced to family-orientated 90s classics and the all-star concert headliners.
Power 99 FM’s Cappuchino and Mina SayWhat, as well as Patty Jackson of WDAS FM, participated in keeping the masses of people hype and giving away prizes. Mid-show, Charlie Mack and his celebrity friends who were in the city for his 8th annual celebrity weekend even stopped by. Some included Tisha Campbell, Lil Mama, Sheree Whitfield, Q Parker, AJ Calloway, Terry Crews, Kyla Pratt, Affion Crockett, Alphonso McAuley, Tamala Jones and more.
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