This week, NPR Music released a brand-new edition of their Tiny Desk Concerts, inviting the wild and wonderful Erykah Badu to join them in the office.
Rocking gold moths in her dreads, pink eyeshadow and purple lipstick, the R&B/neo-soul goddess performed in the tiny office backed by a seven-piece band including keyboardist RC Williams, bassist Braylon Lacy, drummer Cleon Edwards, percussionist Frank Moka, saxophonist Kenneth Whalum, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and flautist Dwayne Kerr.
After introducing herself and her collaborators, Badu and company performed a tantalising rendition of ‘Rimshot,’ a tune off her 1997 debut album, “Baduizm.” One of Badu’s most beloved hits, the group’s take on ‘Rimshot’ served as a warm-up for the group ahead of a sprawling rendition of ‘Green Eyes,’ off 2000’s “Mama’s Gun.”
During the powerful performance, Erykah Badu’s band showed off their jazz proclivities, stretching out the spiritually infused, dramatic performance. Gracefully transitioning through styles and tones, ‘Green Eyes’ made up the bulk of Badu’s performance, ringing in at over eleven minutes.
You can check out Erykah Badu’s captivating performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert below, courtesy of NPR.