Currently on her nationwide tour “Live from Badubotron” Erykah Badu took over the Hollywood Bowl last night. Like a storm, hitting the stage full of creative energy — Badu kicked off the show with live beat-making and a lengthy “hello” to the crowd. An early pioneer of the neo-soul movement, with a unique boho style that she has made her own, the iconic singer was impressive in every aspect. Although she shared new sounds, nostalgia filled the Bowl with the crowd singing along to the tunes we have been loving for ages.
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Backed up by, a full band, Badu dipped into the classic part of her catalog and performed songs from Baduizm, Mama’s Gun and Worldwide Underground. Her career is an example of what it means to always be yourself and this was in full display with her fantastic performance.
Opening the evening were Dos Negros orchestra with a highly percussive opening, followed by the Internet’s Steve Lacy‘s skilled guitar and soothing vocals. It was an ideal pairing to warm up the night.
Photos and Words: Farah Sosa