When I'm nudged into Erykah Badu's backstage dressing room at the Brooklyn Museum, she's still recovering from a spontaneous outbreak of extended public adulation. The peerless soul vocalist's Q&A for the Red Bull Music Academy has just climaxed with every audience member who wasn't allowed to ask a question storming the stage at Ms. Badu's invitation, to the dismay of the event crew. During the ensuing 20-minute crush, Badu's fans took pictures, yelled questions, and staggered away from a Brief Encounter with Erykah's Kind exhibiting signs of a mellow, but very... More >>>
Courtesy Serato/Steve Dykes
Badu's neo-soul turns out to be a natural match for an orchestral treatment.