Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu is an American recording artist, record producer and actress.
[audio:Erykah Badu – Jump Up in The Air And Stay There.mp3]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.
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.
After almost four years and the birth of a daughter, Puma, it was revealed in 2007 that Badu had three albums in the works over the course of 2007 and 2008. “Honey”, a new single produced by 9th Wonder, was leaked online in November 2007, and the new album, titled New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), was released on February 26, 2008.
According to Nielsen Soundscan, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) has sold 359,000 copies in the United States Erykah Badu performed at the 10th annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans the weekend before Halloween 2008.
Erykah Badu released her fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) on March 30, 2010. An “Icon” CD series of Badu was released on August 31, 2010. It features 12 of the most favorable hits from different albums of Erykah Badu.
Here are the Tour Dates:
Jul 1 Detroit, MI
Jul 2 Atlantic City, NJ
Jul 9 Ottawa, Canada
Jul 17 London, United Kingdom
Jul 20 Lörrach, Germany
Jul 21 Milan, Italy
Jul 23 Wiesen, Austria
Jul 24 Luzern, Switzerland
Jul 26 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jul 29 Lyon, France
Jul 31 Dortmund, Germany
Aug 1 Lokeren, Belgium
Aug 3 Berlin, Germany
Aug 5 Gdansk, Poland
Aug 6 Warsaw, Poland
Aug 7 Wroclaw, Poland
Aug 12 San Francisco, CA
Aug 30 Rock the Bells Festival – San Bernandino, CA
Sep 03 Rock the Bells Festival – New York, NY
Sep 10 Rock the Bells Festival – Mansfield, MA
Erykah Badu LIVE
Wednesday, 03.08.2011 | 20:00 CET
Tempodrom | Möckernstraße 10 | 10963 Berlin/Kreuzberg