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May 12, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On Friday night, Erykah Badu, who wore her elaborate orange turban and surrounded herself with Eastern accoutrements, ankhs and burning incense, looked like a cross between an ancient Egyptian goddess and Afrocentric interplanetary traveler of the future. She sang like an angel. In an Electric Factory packed with people of melanin, Badu, throughout her loping, stylistically liberated (and liberating) set maximized the potential of her minimalist setup - drums, bass, keyboards, and three singers - by focusing her energies inward.
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February 20, 2001 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Sunday at the Tower Theater, Erykah Badu hit the finale of ". . . & On" with a theatrical flourish: After scatting nimbly and sauntering through a series of tricky syncopations, she threw her head back, sent her arms up toward the sky, and held the pose long enough to collect applause from the adoring capacity crowd. Then, before the room got quiet, she cued "Cleva," another song from her current album, Mama's Gun. As she sang the opening line - "This is how I look without makeup" - she ceremoniously ripped off her trademark head scarf, revealing a sleek bald dome.
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August 18, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Iconic neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu had quite a pair of days at the Dell. Problem was, she wasn't there for one of them. She didn't make it to the Dell Music Center on Thursday, to the disappointment of about 6,000 fans. The reason: flight difficulties. Patty Jackson of WDAS, making the announcement, called Badu's absence "dumb" and "disrespectful. " For her part, Badu tweeted: "215 ILLADELPHI I've never missed a show in 18 years. I know how you guys must feel. . . . Send prayers.
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August 15, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, For The Inquirer
Iconic neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu didn't make it to the Dell Music Center Thursday, to the disappointment of about 6,000 Philly fans. The reason given was flight difficulties. Badu tweeted her apologies and said she would play the Dell Friday night. 215 ILLADELPHI I've never missed a show in 18 years. I know how you guys must feel... Send prayers. I will be there tomorrow. Forgive me. — ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) August 14, 2015 Patty Jackson of WDAS made the announcement and didn't mince words about Badu's absence, calling it "dumb" and "disrespectful" to Philly fans.
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June 1, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Long before they became late-night TV stars with Jimmy Fallon or were enshrined in the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame - which happened Thursday - the Roots tasted mainstream success with "You Got Me," a 1999 hit whose chorus was sung by a then-hugely popular neo-soul singer named Erykah Badu. On Saturday night at the ninth annual Roots Picnic at a sold-out Festival Pier, the Philly hip-hop heroes - who were introduced by Mayor Nutter - were reunited with Texas soul woman Badu, who jointly headlined the all-day event.
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August 17, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, For The Inquirer
Philly tried, but it couldn't stay mad at Erykah Badu for long. When fans from the postponed show Thursday - Badu was a no-show, reportedly because of plane problems - arrived at the Dell Music Center, they walked to their seats with various attitudes. There was the "I had this ticket and was still available" stance, the "I had to call the babysitter again " walk, and the "this is the same outfit from yesterday" strut. Near the 8 p.m. start time, many of the seats weren't filled, sending a clear message: Badu was now on Philly's time.
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November 14, 1997 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Deep they're not. A new thing? Hardly. So why do I harbor a secret ardor for the Spice Girls - the Barbie dolls of pop? Believe it or not, it's mostly in their music, a frothy bubble bath of Europop whose likes we haven't enjoyed since Abba pulled their own plug. True to the album's title, there's a global reach in the Girls' short new set - from the Latin carnival vibe of "Spice Up Your Life" and flamenco guitar-laced "Viva Forever" to the Motown girl-group groove of "Stop" and the English-accented, hip-hopped "Move Over.
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May 25, 2001 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
He's baaack! DJ Qool Marv has left bright-light, big-city New York to get behind the turntables for a rare spin session in his hometown. Tonight at Eden Rock, the sound will be a mix of soul classics, hip-hop, deep house, and whatever else this DJ decides to put under the needle. His is a style that defies categorization. Go down for a listen and you'll understand why he has a residency at the Big Apple's Ludlow Bar, has opened for Erykah Badu and A Tribe Called Quest, and was recruited to spin for the VH1 Fashion Awards.
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March 1, 2013
Erykah Badu Back in 1997, Erykah Badu released Baduizm , a stellar debut partly recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia that was the breakout commercial success of the then-nascent neo-soul movement. The album remains a high-water mark of latter-day black music bohemianism, a snakily soulful melange of subtly plotted R&B, jazz, and funk, and an introduction to Badu - then known for her trademark head-wraps - as a psychedelic earth mother who learned a thing or two about song phrasing from Billie Holiday records.
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September 24, 2015 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
The Lianne La Havas/Philly audience lovefest was in full swing Sunday after 11 songs at Theatre of Living Arts. The guitar-wielding British singer-songwriter pronounced the affair "a lovely way to kick off the tour!" The ascendant soul/pop/jazz/what-have-you La Havas, 26, fronted her tight six-piece band to support her acclaimed second album, Blood , released in July. She had just knocked out the crowd with an ebullient performance of that disc's "Midnight," a song cowritten and produced by Jamaica's Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor that La Havas recorded in Kingston during a recent roots-exploring trip to the island with her Jamaican mother.
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August 18, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Iconic neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu had quite a pair of days at the Dell. Problem was, she wasn't there for one of them. She didn't make it to the Dell Music Center on Thursday, to the disappointment of about 6,000 fans. The reason: flight difficulties. Patty Jackson of WDAS, making the announcement, called Badu's absence "dumb" and "disrespectful. " For her part, Badu tweeted: "215 ILLADELPHI I've never missed a show in 18 years. I know how you guys must feel. . . . Send prayers.
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August 17, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, For The Inquirer
Philly tried, but it couldn't stay mad at Erykah Badu for long. When fans from the postponed show Thursday - Badu was a no-show, reportedly because of plane problems - arrived at the Dell Music Center, they walked to their seats with various attitudes. There was the "I had this ticket and was still available" stance, the "I had to call the babysitter again " walk, and the "this is the same outfit from yesterday" strut. Near the 8 p.m. start time, many of the seats weren't filled, sending a clear message: Badu was now on Philly's time.
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August 16, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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August 15, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, For The Inquirer
Iconic neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu didn't make it to the Dell Music Center Thursday, to the disappointment of about 6,000 Philly fans. The reason given was flight difficulties. Badu tweeted her apologies and said she would play the Dell Friday night. 215 ILLADELPHI I've never missed a show in 18 years. I know how you guys must feel... Send prayers. I will be there tomorrow. Forgive me. — ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) August 14, 2015 Patty Jackson of WDAS made the announcement and didn't mince words about Badu's absence, calling it "dumb" and "disrespectful" to Philly fans.
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June 1, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Long before they became late-night TV stars with Jimmy Fallon or were enshrined in the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame - which happened Thursday - the Roots tasted mainstream success with "You Got Me," a 1999 hit whose chorus was sung by a then-hugely popular neo-soul singer named Erykah Badu. On Saturday night at the ninth annual Roots Picnic at a sold-out Festival Pier, the Philly hip-hop heroes - who were introduced by Mayor Nutter - were reunited with Texas soul woman Badu, who jointly headlined the all-day event.
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