There aren’t many superlatives left for Erykah Badu, except that she continues to not only make jazz and soul relevant but make it fresher and more interesting than most music out there. Her recent performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert is another reminder of that.
Backed by her extensive band, which after their performance deserve their mention. So, deep breath everyone, here we go: RC Williams, Braylon Lacy, Cleon Edwards, Frank Moka, Kenneth Whalum, Keyon Harrold, and Dwayne Kerr.
After introducing herself, her band, and her various aliases, the artist gracefully took her rightful place in the centre of the audience’s mind and delivered a performance of serious magnitude, albeit from a tiny desk. ‘Rimshot’ (from Baduizm) and ‘Green Eyes’ (from Mama’s Gun) were the two tracks given the NPR treatment.
Take a look at the performance below (or through the link here) and fall away into one of the most original and powerful voices in the game.