Universally regarded as the ‘Queen of Soul’, ERYKAH BADU will grace her dedicated legion of Australian fans with headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne following her Bluesfest appearances.
Since the beginning of her reign – singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor – Badu’s unique approach to soul has redefined the genre, described as a mix of traditional soul vocals, staccato hip-hop rhythms and a laid-back jazzy groove by The New York Times.
Tickets for both shows go on sale at midday this Monday, November 11.
Badu’s impressive discography has dominated the charts throughout her 16-year career and garnered multiple Grammy Awards. Her 1997 debut album ‘Baduizm’ debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts, earning multi-platinum sales and two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. Her sharp-wit and social-conscious song-writing style responsible for producing the hit songs ‘On & On’, ‘Tyrone’ and ‘Window Seat’ is only surpassed by her electrifying stage presence and soulful vocal ability.
“Reasons to believe Badu to be one of the best R&B performers of her generation have never been in short supply; tonight, she only confirms them.” The Guardian UK (2012)
Born Erica Wright in Dallas, Texas, Badu christened herself after her favourite jazz-scat sound, “ba-du”. Her vocal ability is unsurpassed and has often been likened to jazz legend Billie Holliday. Her iconic status as a leader of the neo-soul revolution has been confirmed by the respect she has received from the new generation of RnB revolutionaries. At this year’s BET Awards, rapper Kendrick Lamar (winner of Best New Artist and Best Male Hip Hop Artist on the night) fulfilled a long harboured dream to work with Badu when she joined him on stage to perform his hit single ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and stole the show.
Badu’s latest album, ‘New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh’, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and ‘Rolling Stone’ named it as one of 2010’s best albums of the year.
Badu’s 2012 Australian tour saw her play to sold-out crowds and received rave reviews; Inthemix proclaiming: “Erykah Badu truly tore the roof off the Opera House tonight: Long live the Queen”.
Opening both shows will be the music of Hiatus Kaiyote, striking the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms. On the band’s debut album Tawk Tomahawk it is as if the vast desert landscape has opened up, borrowing ingredients from far- reaching lands to concoct a distinctive flavour that is the essence of all its parts. Each song whispers of delicious, ancient stories untold.
Tuesday April 15 - Palais Theatre Melbourne
Thursday April 17 - The Star Sydney
Erykah Badu is performing at West Coast Bluesfest Sunday April 13 & East Coast Bluesfest Sunday April 20