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Bringing Back Baduizm

May 28, 2009


Erykah Badu  Live at Aloha Tower on May 29

Kahi (The Place): Honolulu, Kona, O’ahu-a-Lua

I remember when I got my hands on Ms. Erykah Badu‘s debut album Baduizm back in the nineties. I had “On and On” on repeat, back in the day when we used to jam on the Sony Discman. She was fresh out of the group Arrested Development. (I still remember her killer vocal hooks on the track “Tennesse”). And, of course, who could forget her signature head wraps!

Nowadays, Ms. Badu is still going strong, all freshened up with a killer doo. Her latest release New Amerkah Pt. 1, 4th World War is tight: an eclectic mix full of soul, not to mention some ingenuous beats. Her video “Honey, directed by Chris Robinson, took “Best Direction”  at MTV’s Video Music Award (VMA) back in the fall . And not one to be limited to to just music, Ms. Badu, a dedicated vegan, is also currently up for PETA’S Sexiest Vegetarian Alive, so be sure to cast your vote, whatever your dietary preferences.

For all of us who are lucky enough to live in the pae‘āina o Hawai‘i, Ms. Badu will be serving up her signature sounds on May 29 at Aloha Tower. Tickets available for $50 at Honolulu Box Office.

[Images taken from “Honey” video directed by Chris Robinson]

Now enjoy the taste of “Honey”, Ms. Badu’s funkilicious first single from the new album, performed live.

New Amerykah, Pt. 1“Honey” and the rest of New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War) is availalable on iTunes.

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War) - Honey

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