about erykah badu


Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu (pronounced /ˈɛrɨkə bɑːˈduː/), is an American recording artist, record producer and actress. Her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion. She is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo Soul".

Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians, and is also an actress having appeared in a number of films playing a range of supporting roles in movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, and House of D, she is also very prominent in the documentary film Before the Music Dies.

Badu's lyrics challenge listeners with their highly personal, emotional, philosophical, and political content. She weaves disparate musical influences together creating a rich texture of sound. References to old school rappers and songs add a general Hip hop sensibility to her music.

Some music journalists have labeled her Nu soul or neo soul, often comparing her to Billie Holiday in lyrical delivery and grouping her with D'Angelo in musical genre. An eclectic collaborator, she has performed with artists from many different genres and backgrounds, among them roots reggae musician and singer Burning Spear.









tour dates

May 2010

22 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
23 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
25 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
26 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
28 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
30 - Detroit, MI - Chene Park

June 2010

2, 3 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
5 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum
6 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
8 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
9 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theater
13 - Houston, TX - Verizon
14 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia
16 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
18 - Oakland, CA - Paramount
19 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
26 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena (w/ Maxwell, Jill Scott)
27 - Calgary, Alberta - Mamahon Stadium (w/ Lilith Tour)
28 - Edmonton, Alberta - Northalnds Spectrum Racetrack (w/ Lilith Tour)
30 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Pitt Meadows Airport (w/ Lilith Tour)

July 2010

2 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater (w/ Lilith Tour)
3 - Quincy, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre (w/ Lilith Tour)

August 2010

4 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Pavilion
7 - Columbia, MD - TBA
8 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
11 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheater

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur]














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