"I think Miles would've loved Erykah," pianist and producer Robert Glasper told Rolling Stone recently, during a conversation about Everything's Beautiful, an upcoming album on which he reworked snippets of Miles Davis' studio recordings to create entirely new tracks. One of the highlights of the release, which stemmed from Glasper's soundtrack work for Don Cheadle's audacious Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, is a simmering bossa nova version of "Maiysha" – a song originally released on 1974's Get Up With It – featuring lead vocals from Erykah Badu. Hear an exclusive premiere of the track here.
flavorwire.com: The trailer for the Nas exec. produced, Erykah Badu co-starring film The Land was just released today. When Flavorwire’s own Jason Bailey caught the film at Sundance, he called it “a forceful, scrappy, energetic new film from an exciting new talent” — referring to its feature debut writer/director, Steven Caple, Jr. And the trailer exhibits the assuredness of the debut director, and is all the more enticing for providing more in the way of atmosphere, location and gestural storytelling (we see the friendship between the four main characters mostly through their wanderings around Cleveland streets and their skateboarding skills) rather than laying on too much story or dialogue. Read more.
thv11.com: NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Verizon Arena has announced another big-time musical artist coming to perform in North Little Rock.
Four-time Grammy award winning artist Erykah Badu will perform at the theater in Verizon Arena Sat., June 11 at 8 p.m.
The event will be hosted by Ricky Smiley.
Tickets go on sale May 13 at 10 a.m. and run from $69.50 to $99.50. They are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com.
Erykah Badu is a soul singer, midwife-in-training, and the co-owner of a new production company. On the eve of her 45th birthday, she opens the doors to her orchestrated life.
Story by Vinson Cunningham
Photography by Jody Rogac
Erykah Badu’s house—surrounded by tall trees and mounds of soft, unkempt grass; the window trims painted in a neon yellow that brings to mind some architect’s eyeglass frames—sits close to the shore of White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas. Wind chimes drone outside in an irregular breeze. Inside, tracks from John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band play from a series of invisible speakers that blanket the whole place in sound.
As we sit across from one another in her living room, Badu tells me that the speakers were the first thing she bought when she moved here in 1997, the same year she released her debut album, Baduizm. In the intervening years, as she grew into one of soul music’s foremost visionaries—not just a singer or songwriter, but a producer in the broadest, most creatively generative sense—she has filled the house, piece by piece, with art and the means to create it. Read the whole story.
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newyorker.com: When Erykah Badu told Zach Witness, an unheralded producer from East Dallas, that she might like to come to his home studio and work on some music, he didn’t dare believe her. Badu, who is forty-five, has lived in Dallas all her life. But she spends a considerable part of every year on the road, as has been her custom since 1997, when she released her début album, “Baduizm,” which sold millions of copies, earned her a pair of Grammys, and made her one of the most celebrated soul singers of the modern era. The word people used back then was “neo-soul,” but nowadays it seems appropriate to omit the “neo”—not because her music has grown more old-fashioned but because it has grown harder to categorize, and maybe even easier to enjoy. Read more.