The Queen of Neo-Soul, ERYKAH BADU, returns to DPAC

Durham Performing Arts Center February 14, 2015

"Come spend Valentine’s Day with Grammy® award-winning musician and socially-active artist Erykah Badu as she returns to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, on February 14, 2015 with special guest and Grammy® nominee Mali Music . Badu’s last performance at DPAC in March 2011 was a sell-out. This performance is being presented by the DOME Group, Inc.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 13 at a.m.:
         •     Online at
         •     DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
         • / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

Friends of DPAC members may place their orders on December 10. Joining Friends of DPAC is free, and you can register at

“We're really excited to have Erykah Badu return to the DPAC stage. Her artistry never ceases to impress, and she always gives the Triangle an amazing performance. Featuring her with Grammy®-nominated Mali Music will guarantee concert-goers the unique experience they've come to expect from our shows,” said Sulaiman Mausi, President and CEO of the DOME Group, Inc.

The New York Times described Badu’s groundbreaking debut, 1997’s Baduizm, as “traditional soul vocals, staccato hip-hop rhythms and laid-back jazzy grooves.” Propelled by the lead single “On & On,” the album went multi-platinum, winning her two Grammys® for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. Badu topped Rolling Stone’s Reader’s poll for Best R&B Artist, and Entertainment Weekly named her Best New Female Singer of 1997. 
Badu’s other critically acclaimed works followsed including: 1997’s Erykah Badu Live, 2000’s Mama’s Gun, 2003’s Worldwide Underground, 2008’s New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War and 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh.
In addition to reinforcing her reputation as a dynamic live performer, Badu’s big screen debut as Rose Rose in the 1999 film The Cider House Rules added another credit to her list of artistic talents. And in 2000, she opened her trophy cabinet once again to welcome a Grammy® award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for her appearance on “You Got Me” by The Roots, followed in 2003 with another Grammy® Award  for Best R&B Song "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop).”
In 2003, she founded her non-profit group, B.L.I.N.D. (Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development), which is geared toward creating social change through economic, artistic, and cultural development. Among B.L.I.N.D.’s many accomplishments, the organization has provided arts, crafts, and dance classes to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina. 

Erykah currently studies and apprentices to masters Queen Afua, holistic health guru and spiritual teacher; Dr. Jewel Pookrum , neurosurgeon, physicist and midwife; and Dr. Laila Africa, scientist, health practitioner and theorist. In 2006 Erykah was certified as a Holistic Health practitioner thru Dr. Laila Africa and she is also a 3rd Degree Reiki Master-Teacher. Badu hasn’t stopped yet; she continues to study sound and vibration healing , and she presently assists and apprentices as a direct-entry midwife."

- A Press Release

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