Beyonce throws Coachella homecoming with Destiny's Child reunion

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Beyonce performs during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on Sunday. - AFP



INDIO - Beyonce returned spectacularly to the stage with a joyous, homecoming-themed party at the Coachella festival where she delighted fans with a rare reunion of her former trio Destiny's Child.

Before a sea of some 100,000 people in the southern California desert, the pop superstar headlined the premier global music festival to end a year-long hiatus from live music as she gave birth to twins.

Beyonce showed no sign of slowing down after her maternity leave, singing and shaking her body with little break for two hours as she led around 100 back-up dancers and musicians.

Her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z, popped up on stage toward the end of her set to join in their song "Deja Vu." But he turned out to be only a preview of a less routine guest appearance.

With an audio recording of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's essay "We Should All Be Feminists" allowing Beyonce a moment to prepare, she re-emerged being elevated to the stage in an unmistakable silhouette of three figures.

Fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyonce for three of the trio's songs, including "Say My Name."

It was their first reunion since Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show in 2013. The group propelled Beyonce to stardom but was also beset by internal friction.

Beyonce referred to her bandmates as her "sisters" - and was also joined on stage by her blood sister, Solange Knowles. - AFP


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