GPWW 3/29/10: Erykah Badu

We have your regularly scheduled GPWW programming this week, featuring another fantastic guest who does not need introduction. Ms. Badu stopped by the BBC radio show to chat with Gilles Peterson about her new album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, and much more…

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All Hail Badu: Live at El Rey Theater

We were very lucky to have Erykah Badu celebrating the release of New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh in LA and NY this past week. Giant Step co-founder Jonathan Rudnick was on hand to experience Erykah’s record release show in LA. Here’s what he thought:

“Naked or (preferably not !) when Badu rolls into town you know you’re in for something extra special and that’s exactly what we all got at LA’s El Rey Tuesday night at the album release party event. Badu’s on fire and for all the right reasons, and don’t get me wrong the all abuzz vid for instant classic “Window Seat” is a must see, but clearly her Badu-ness live is the way ! A 2 hour journey with full 11 piece live band and Badu with her own ‘toys’ tearing through the hits, plus treats like Sun Ra’s ‘Nuclear War’, and tunes from ‘right side of the brain’ steeped New Amerykah Part Two and it felt like a right on baptism!

A Part Two Badu, soul searching and in love, yet still clearly socially active and defiant, came across as part cheeky little girl, feisty teenager, empowering Queen rolled into one mesmerizing 21st century Goddess – All hail Badu – now get some clothes on girl !”


Erykah Badu Releases New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh Today, Win Tickets to LA Show Tonight

Erykah Badu releases New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, which has been called a musical return to the personal love songs and organic sound of 1997′s Baduizm.

If you are in L.A. tonight, come celebrate at the Official Album Release Party at the El Rey Theatre, hosted by Erykah Badu with J.Rocc, Kutmah, (DJ) Nobody (Low End Theory) and a surprise performance. Buy tickets or email press@giantstep.net to win.

Purchase New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh:

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www.erykahbadu.com
Follow Erykah @fatbellybella



Photos: Giant Step, Less Artists More Condos and Erykah Badu present New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh Album Release

Erykah Badu‘s performance this weekend was live. Her medley of hits and fan favorites was a perfect set-up for the new album, which has been called a musical return to the personal love songs and organic sound of 1997′s Baduizm.  The new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh comes out tomorrow. Pre-order here.