Photography: courtesy of Flasch Photography
International soul goddess Erykah Badu performed at the 02 Academy Brixton a few nights ago. With the venue emitting steaming hot temperatures due to it being packed to the rafters, a restless audience began to boo and hiss to let their feelings be known about Ms Badu’s tardiness to her own party.
Eventually taking to the stage well after 9pm, the singer confidently held centre court decked in a floor length multi-coloured kaftan and a top hat. For nearly two hours she breezed through her extensive back catalogue although I would’ve loved to hear more of her well known hits such as ‘Tyrone’ and ‘Other Side of the Game’. The fans however were in BADUheaven. Erykah, who admitted that Brixton is like her second home, eased into a groove before ripping off her kaftan and hat to reveal a fitted top and black prom skirt juxtaposed against a stark strawberry blonde weave.
Despite my lukewarm receptiveness its great to know that Erykah marches to the beat of her own drum and won’t be categorised or conform. Presenting a live show where the majority of the music performed are obscure album tracks as opposed to obvious crowd pleasers certainly takes a lot of gusto. But then again, would we expect anything less?