Ashanti and Patti Labelle will honour an absent Luther Vandross at next month's (JUL03) ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Vandross, who suffered a stroke in April (03), will be unable to perform at the event, but his music will still feature.

The smooth soul star's band will join other acts lined up for an all-star tribute to the ailing R'n'B singer on 4 July (03) at the SUPERDOME.

13/06/2003 19:42