Teddy Riley’s Essence Festival Performance
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Trying to put Teddy Riley’s 2019 Essence Festival performance into words is nearly impossible.

Riley took the stage Sunday night, the final night of the festival, and performed hit after hit with the help of some famous faces.

The iconic producer and creator of new jack swing, headlined the “Legends of Music” segment of the evening, a nearly two hour non-stop extravaganza that featured Timbaland, Pharrell, and Teyana Taylor, to name a few.

The megaproducer also shared the stage with the St. Augustine High School Marching Band, which first made history in 1967, when the band became the first marching band from a Black high school to march in the Rex parade.

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One thing’s for sure, Teddy Riley brought the New Jack Swing Era to the Essence Fest stage, and it was an incredible music moment.

Here’s who and what you missed if you weren’t able to make it to Sunday night’s performance.


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