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Erykah Badu Will Play a Special Show to Celebrate 20 Years of ‘Baduizm' In London

Erykah Badu will perform at the Eventim Apollo in London this summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Baduizm.'

Londoners, get excited! Queen Mother, Erykah Badu, is returning to London this summer for a special anniversary show in celebration of the 20th anniversary of her classic album, Baduizm.


She'll be taking her magic to the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on July 6, for what will be her first show in the city in five years. Check here for more details and ticket info.

Badu's monumental debut turned two decades old in February, just two weeks before her 46th birthday.

It seems that despite her veteran status, neither Badu, nor her music, ever get old.

FEB 11, 1997 AD #Baduism20 ?@Marcbaptiste007

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Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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