Soulidified pays tribute to Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu inspired Soulidified's new show. Credit: Universal Motown
Erykah Badu inspired Soulidified’s new show. Credit: Universal Motown

Provocative soul singer Erykah Badu has remained a challenging figure since she emerged on the national music scene 15 years ago.

Perhaps part of the reason she’s kept her edge is that despite selling her share of records, she’s remained outside of the mainstream.

“I believe she’s avoided that — that’s not where she’s trying to go,” says Philly hip-hop impresario Dave Ghet. “She’s definitely trying her best to stay under the radar and with that comes a freedom. Take someone like Mariah Carey. There are records Mariah Carey can’t make.”

But Badu can.

Her music will be celebrated April 12 by the Ghet-led Soulidified crew in “Love of My Life: A Celebration of the Music of Erykah Badu,” at the World Cafe Live upstairs stage.

Badu burst on the scene with the 1997 album “Baduizm,” which featured the hit single “On & On,” an alluring earthy, jazzy excursion. The track and video established Badu as a figure of importance in the music world and as one of the leading lights of the then burgeoning neo-soul movement. Since then, she’s represented the ladies in “Tyrone,” spoke out for independence in “Bag Lady” and celebrated hip-hop in “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop).”

“(Badu) can make the records she makes because of who she’s become,” Ghet says. “She’s not at that level of success where it’s a hindrance to the creativeness of what artist can do.”

But those who know, know. The Soulidified crew have been paying tribute to the greats, from Marvin Gaye to Mary J. Blige, for the last three years. Ghet, aka Dave Reynolds, made his name as Dave Ghetto of Camden, whose hood-centric but not hood-restricted rhymes made him a man of importance on the national hip-hop scene.

During the Soulidified performance, both guys and gals will take turns on vocals on Badu’s hits. But no, there won’t be a recreation of Badu’s 2010 “Window Seat” video, in which she stripped down naked on the streets of Dallas.

“That was very provocative,” Ghet says.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.