Nineties pop icon Erykah Badu is still poppin in 2022. And on Friday, August 5th, she’ll be performing with Phony Ppl as part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2022.

Born Erica Wright in Dallas in 1971, this multi-talented Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and actress has been associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s and 2000s along with artists such as D’Angelo, Maxwell, Bilal and has been called the “Queen of Neo Soul.”

Badu grew up listening to ’70s soul and ’80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu’s langurous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter female R&B singers. A singer/songwriter responsible for all but one of the songs on Baduizm, she found a number 12 hit with her first single “On & On,” which pushed the album to number two on the charts.

Get your Badu P*ssy Premium Incense out and get ready to rock on and on and on and on…

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM

Prospect Park, Lena Horne Bandshell

**This is a ticketed Benefit Show that supports BRIC’s free programming. To purchase tickets, go here.

Then, on Saturday, join BRIC for the closing night of Celebrate Brooklyn! with Nigerian singer/songwriter, composer, actress, and entertainer Yemi Alade with an opening performance by Amindi.

With four albums, one EP, and many smashes such as “Johnny,” “Ferrari,” “Na Gode” and “Bum Bum” under her belt, Nigerian superstar Yemi Eberechi Alade is one of the biggest Afro-pop female artists on the African continent. She is a BET Awards 2015 and 2016 nominee for Best International Act Africa, a two-times nominee MOBO Awards for Best International Act 2014 and 2015, Winner MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) for Best Female 2015 and 2016. She has received several awards and nominations, including MTV African Music, African Music Video awards, City people Entertainment, MOBO, YEM and Eloy awards.

Yemi  closes the season in high style, taking the Bandshell by storm with her pulsating mix of Afropop, R&B, reggae, and rap. Originally scheduled to perform in 2020, her return to Brooklyn marks a triumphant conclusion to our summer of community, love, and joy.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM

Prospect Park, Lena Horne Bandshell

*Please Note: Chairs will not be available at this show but you are permitted to bring your ownRSVPs are encouraged but not required. Entry is first come first served, but RSVPs help you stay up-to-date on show information. See you at #CelebrateBrooklyn!

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