Erykah Badu

From18 January 2019to02 June 2019

Erykah Badu

Neo-soul singer/songwriter Erykah Badu (born February 26th, 1971) has become one of the most praised artists in R&B and soul, drawing comparisons with Billie Holiday with her vocal talents.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, US, Badu studied at a school of arts where she cultivated her musical abilities, growing up with a love for 70s soul and 80s hip hop. Her first break came whilst she was working as a teacher and part-time singer, when she opened for D’Angelo in 1994. Her performance caught the attention of D’Angelo’s manager, Kedar Massenburg, who was so impressed that he signed her to his label, Kedar Entertainment, before then arranging for Badu to record a cover of Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell’s duet, “Precious Love.”

Badu’s debut album, “Baduizm,” arrived in 1997, finding fans with her bass-heavy R&B and her emotive, delicate vocals. The album was produced by Massenburg and also featured members of the Roots on several tracks. Her first single, “On & On” topped the R&B charts, with the album also peaking at the top spot. The album also faired well in the mainstream pop charts, bolstered by high profile support slots with R&B stars as well as hip hop acts, including Wu Tang Clan.

She returned to the studio in 2000, recording her sophomore release, “Mama’s Gun,” which utilized the production talents of Badu herself, James Poyser, Bilal and Jay Dee, scoring a hit single with “Bag Lady.” Badu followed “Mama’s Gun” a year later with 2003’s EP, “Worldwide Underground.” Badu pushed her sound towards a heavier, more abstract neo-soul with 2008’s “New Amerykah, Pt.!: 4th World War,” which featured members of Sa-Ra and Georgia Anne Muldrow. The album was a huge success, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, with this stylistic move continuing with 2010’s “New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh,” although being a more light-hearted affair. Following this release, Badu has featured on a number of recordings with various artists, including Bonobo, Tyler the Creator, and Flying Lotus.

Friday 18 January 2019

Erykah Badu

The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI, US


Saturday 19 January 2019

Erykah Badu

Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL, US


Friday 15 February 2019

Erykah Badu

Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD, US


Friday 15 February 2019 – Sunday 17 February 2019

Erykah Badu

III Points Festival 2019

Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL, US


Saturday 16 February 2019

Erykah Badu

with Busta Rhymes

Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ, US


Thursday 30 May 2019 – Sunday 02 June 2019

Erykah Badu

Primavera Sound Festival 2019

Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain

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