2015 Essence Festival: Goapele Performs at Mercedes Benz Superdome

Ever heard of R&B singer Goapele from California??  Last night, she shut it down at the 2015 Essence Festival during her performance at the Mercedes Benz Superdome!  I’m always interested in new talent and this was my first introduction to this soulful artist.  My photog buddy Jerome sent this pic from NOLA and I’ve been listening to Goapele Mohlabane ever since.

Goapele/Photo by Jerome Dorn
Goapele/Photo by Jerome Dorn










Goapele, means “to move forward” and she did just that with her debut album “CLOSER”.  She has released several ALBUMS AND is now signed to Eric Benet’s label.  Goapele IS also a human rights activist and has performed at rallies, demonstrations, and various political events around the world from Cuba to South Africa. On September 14, 2006, the California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights honored her with its first ever Human Rights Cultural Hero.
















Learn more about Goapele by visiting her website www.Goapele.com. Check out one of her videos:



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