I went to see Erykah Badu on New Year's Eve and she puts on a helluva show. This is my second time seeing her. I think she is one of best live performers out there right now. I think what surprises people is she is really funny and she's a good dancer and people are not used to seeing that side of her. I took my cousin to see her a couple of years ago and she wasn't that big of a Badu fan, but after the concert she was like "Oh, I'm going out to get her albumn!" Many performers out there right now just don't seem to have her kind of stage presence and natural charisma. There shows are very rehearsed and they leave no space for adlibbing and really just vibing off their audience. When I say other shows are very rehearsed I don't mean to imply that Badu's shows aren't polished. They are very well put together, but she allows herself to be spontaneous which I don't think a lot of popular singers do these days. Another problem is you go to a show and they can't hit a note anywhere near the notes they were hittin' on their cd. I'm not saying I always expect a singer's voice to be flawless, but dayum, can you at least sound like the same person? Confused
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Girl I have been talking about Ms. erykah and her live show for a while. I believe I mentioned it on here a couple of times. I would have loved to see her for new years.She put on the best live show I have ever seen. I saw her once at the essence festival and once at the house of blues in new orleans and she tore the roof down both times. I was in tears at essence. She had a way of really drawing you in, it was almost like a religious experience. I got so emotional, all I could do is sing and cry, I felt emotionally drained after that concert but in a good way. I get chills just thinking about it. It was magic. eyes
I was too fine. a fan from the start. my all time fav. song is green eyes, but I don't think she performs the song very often.
The first time I heard Erykah Badu was in the wee hours of the morning on the overnight radio show they played her first single "On & On" and my boyfriend at the time woke me up to listen to it. After that I kept hearing the song but didn't know who sang it. Then I was home from college on some break (I think Thanksgiving or Winter Break) and she was on BET with Big Les (remember her?) and they were at her house. It didn't even seem like an interview it was just like watching a visit to her home; they talked, drank tea, and at the end she had some other people over and they all sat around while she sang and played gitar. They also premiered the video to "on & On". I was dying for her albumn to come out. I was always just feeling her whole vibe. And then when you see her live she gives so much of her energy to her show. It feels so personal.

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my all time fav. song is green eyes, but I don't think she performs the song very often.


I love that song too! I saw her perform it when she was on the Mama's Gun tour (summer 2001), but she didn't do it on New Year's Eve. I would love to see her perform "Stay" live; I like the way she sings it.

Did anyone see House of D? Is it out on dvd yet?
While I've never seen one of her shows, you brought up an interesting point about stage performances.

It's been more than 5 years since I've seen anything other than primarily instrumental jazz performances. Why? because too many vocal "artists" can't do live, what they do in the studio. And, those that come close to approaching their studio efforts, spend more time on their scripted to the minute routine and it comes across as the umpteenth time they've performed it.

I wish we could go back to the day when performers made than money on stage rather than from record sales ... Back to the day when the record was just a marketing vehicle for the live performance ... Back to the day when the star was the singer, not the producer.
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I wish we could go back to the day when performers made than money on stage rather than from record sales ... Back to the day when the record was just a marketing vehicle for the live performance ... Back to the day when the star was the singer, not the producer.


Check out India.arie. She puts on a helluva show too; she even put her gitaur down for a while and played the flute.
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Originally posted by powerflower:
The first time I heard Erykah Badu was in the wee hours of the morning on the overnight radio show they played her first single "On & On" and my boyfriend at the time woke me up to listen to it. After that I kept hearing the song but didn't know who sang it. Then I was home from college on some break (I think Thanksgiving or Winter Break) and she was on BET with Big Les (remember her?) and they were at her house. It didn't even seem like an interview it was just like watching a visit to her home; they talked, drank tea, and at the end she had some other people over and they all sat around while she sang and played gitar. They also premiered the video to "on & On". I was dying for her albumn to come out. I was always just feeling her whole vibe. And then when you see her live she gives so much of her energy to her show. It feels so personal.

I bought her CD on the strength of on & on alone. I had no idea who she was and had never heard any of her other music but i loved on & on so much I just bought the CD (it was actually a cassette at the time, I was a late bloomer as far as purchasing CD's go.)I do remember big lez but i didn't see that show.

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my all time fav. song is green eyes, but I don't think she performs the song very often.


I love that song too! I saw her perform it when she was on the Mama's Gun tour (summer 2001), but she didn't do it on New Year's Eve. I would love to see her perform "Stay" live; I like the way she sings it.

Oh man i would love to have seen her sing green eyes. that song is so emotional, if you listen real hard or really get into it you can hear her crying on the song.i like stay too..

Did anyone see House of D? Is it out on dvd yet?


I never saw that,I don't really remember even seeing it advertized. I had to look it up just now and it doesn't look familiar. I know she was in cider house rules, but I never did see all of that.
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I just bought the CD (it was actually a cassette at the time, I was a late bloomer as far as purchasing CD's go.)

Actually, when I bought Baduizm it was a cassette too Roll Eyes

But I was up on my cd game by the time Live came out cabbage
The only reason I knew about House of D is because I happened to catch her on the Tavis Smiley show on pbs quite by accident. Looking at the descriptions of what was on his show I turned to it and it was a completely different show than what the description said. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that she was on there (I don't even remember who was supposed to be on there). She was on there promoting House of D but it was really funny because I could distinctly feel a chilly vibe coming from her towards Tavis. I wonder if anyone else saw this because they could tell me if they noticed or am I imagining things. He seemed really excited to have her on and she caught him completely off guard at the end of the interview by bringing up a show he did back when he was on BET about male bashing because he tried to use her song "Tyrone" as an example of male bashing, even making it part of the title of the show. & of course she was kind of like How could you accuse me of male bashing? & he was like oh I don't even remember that show and tried to laugh it off. I found the whole thing quite amusing.
Reading these posts has got me wanting to listen to Eryka Badu. Just popped Mama's Gun into the walkman music cabbage
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powerflower-i didn't happen to catch her with tavis either but i do vaguely remember him talking about tyrone on BET.

HonestBrother-I feel the same way but I'm pissed because all of my CD's are in storage, thousands of miles away. I'm tempted to download some erykah just to get a quick fix.

Kweli4Real- I understand what you mean. I guess thats part of why erykah is so good live, she clearly is well prepared for her shows but alot of the stuff she does is very free flowing and off the cuff and she sounds just as good as her record does. I'm not one on big overly choreographed dance numbers-it just seems so impersonal to me
I have also seen Erykah Badu in concert and it was one of the best concerts I have seen! I love her vibe and energy and I agree with you msprettygirl it is very free flowing are orginal.

Alot of people slept on her Worldwide Underground CD! I love that CD! I play it from the begining to the end without skipping one song!

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