Monday, 10 June 2013

Ooh on and on

Last night we headed over to Brooklyn to BAM for a concert with a difference. This organization is home to a vast program which includes films, dance performances, theatre and even opera. Last night they hosted a collaboration between the Brooklyn Philharmonic and their artist in residence Erykah Badu. The concert was a reworking of Badu's 2008 album New Amerykah Part One:4th World War.

I've never seen any live footage of Erykah Badu performing before. My full knowledge of her vocal range comes from lengendary songs such at 'On and on' and 'Honey'. Sweet, soft and warm. When she got down to it I was surprised. Her range is incredible, and she has quite the powerful set of lungs on her. The mixture of the R'n'B, Hip-Hop and Funk of her album with the soft strings of a full orchestra was totally hot. As was she! Wearing her galaxy print leggins, loose flowing blouse and eccentric black (Abe Lincoln style) top hat. Complete with behavior to match, at one point Hipster Dufus commented on not being aware that we'd brought tickets to see Grace Jones! It was a really great introduction into this amazing Brooklyn venue.

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