Music fans, rejoice! Erykah Badu, the Queen of Neo Soul, is finally going to perform in the Philippines. The hip-hop and R&B legend will end her Erykah Badu VS Everythang Tour 2017 AD by gracing concertgoers with her presence at the Harbour Garden Tent, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila on October 14.
The American singer-songwriter, record producer, DJ, and activist is an icon that many of today’s artists look up to. The commercial and critical success of her debut album paved the way for the neo soul genre to penetrate the mainstream, opening up an avenue for fellow musicians like D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell to be heard.
In preparation for her upcoming concert, here’s a rundown of some of her certified hits—tracks that we wish she’d play on an evening that’s sure to be memorable.
The hook of this Badu classic lies in its unforgettable melody. Try not to bob your head as she sings about empowering the troubled woman at the center of its narrative. Listen up, ladies! You don’t need all that excess baggage. Badu speaks the truth!
'On and On'
The flow of Erykah Badu’s music is inherently poetic. With lyrics like "If we were made in his image then call us by our names/most intellects do not believe in God but they fear us just the same" it’s not difficult to believe in the genius of her rhythm and rhymes. It’s as if she’s spitting bars, but doing in the most chill manner possible.
'In Love With You'
Her duet with Stepehen Marley, reggae icon Bob Marley’s son, is a back and forth ballad about courtship and falling into the big blackhole called romance. It’s sweet and melancholy and tender all at once, capable of putting a spell on anyone who gives it a listen.
Meditative yet brash, this song of longing from her album New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh was special for her fans because it marked a strong return after a seven-year hiatus. True to form, she channeled her energy while she was out of the spotlight, resurrecting her career with a moving rebirth.
'Back in the Day'
This one is a ditty that’s capable of inducing a warm feeling of nostalgia. It recalls hot summer days filled with block parties and summer love—the kind most will recognize from their youth. Play this at your next Saturday barbeque and watch as your guests get filled with good vibes and nothing else.
Erykah Badu VS Everythang Tour 2017 AD, Live in Manila will be on October 14, 2017, at the Harbour Garden Tent, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Volume Unit Entertainment produces the show, in co-production with World Wide Womb. Tickets are available on www.buytix.at/vuetix