Experimental R&B singer Erykah Badu has joined this year’s Clockenflap lineup as a last minute addition, announced this past weekend. She takes the stage on Sunday joining headliners Interpol, Jarvis Cocker, David Byrne, and Amadou & Miriam.
If you’re miffed that Badu’s addition to the lineup came after the Phrase 2 price hike, Clockenflap has got you sorted. Before October 31, fans can use the codes found alongside Clockenflap’s announcement to buy tickets at the slightly lower Phase 1 prices, and if you’ve already bought tickets at Phase 2 prices, the difference can be redeemed as credit to use on site.
Born Erica Abi Wright, the neo-soul songstress exploded onto the scene with her 1997 album Baduizm, which has been certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, she’s best known as a member of the Soulquarians, a collective of some 12 musicians that appeared on a string of critically acclaimed albums from 1999 to 2002, including The Roots’ Things Fall Apart, D’Angelo’s Voodoo and Badu’s own Mama’s Gun all of which are certified platinum and were nominated for Grammy Awards. Things was nominated in 1999 for rap but lost out to Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP, and Voodoo won Best R&B Album in 2000 beating out Mama’s Gun, of which Didn’t Cha Know was also nominated for Best R&B Song.
Though Badu hasn’t put out a studio album since her 2010 effort New Amerykah Part Two, she has still been active, putting out two mixtapes in 2015 and also appearing on albums including Black Radio by The Robert Glasper Experiment in 2013, which won a Grammy for Best R&B Album. She is known for her poised and controlled vocal technique, for the ease and control with which she sings inside and outside time and for her incredibly controversial public persona and opinions on yet more controversial figures like Hitler and Bill Cosby. Check out her incredible vocals in the video below (click the image to play).