Today 26th February 2013 is the 42nd birthday of “Earth Mama/Sistah”, Erykah Badu.
Erica Abi Wright [Badu] was born in Dallas, Texas, USA on this day in 1971.
Debuting in 1997 with her groundbreaking album ‘Baduizm‘, Erykah upped the “game” for female R&B singers with her sultry Earth vocals and infusing jazz and hip-hop beats to her sound, earning her the title of “The First Lady of Neo-Soul”.
Her style of songwriting is organic, real and self expressive. Her dress sense and musical videos are also expressive, sometimes causing controversy (“Window Seat” 2010).
As well as singing, Erykah credits herself as a record producer, activist, DJ and actress, including an appearance in The Blues Brothers 2000. She has won 4 Grammy Awards out of 19 nominations. Erykah is also a mother of three, one son and two daughters.
Happy Earthday Miss Badu
- Erykah Badu, Before The Shock Value. (messymandella.com)
- THEESatisfaction: Everybody Loves Erykah Badu (trendland.com)
- Bonobo feat Erykah Badu – ‘Heaven for the Sinner’ (sharethemusicanddance.wordpress.com)