Erykah Badu, Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM

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Exhibition Label
Born Dallas, Texas
Erykah Badu’s debut album, Baduizm, was released in 1997 and almost overnight established her as one of the leading and most original female voices in R&B. Often compared to the legendary Billie Holiday, Badu (born Erica Wright) has incorporated a variety of musical styles to create a unique, richly textured sound. She has also collaborated in recent years with a number of different groups, including The Roots and Burning Spear.
David Scheinbaum’s portrait of Badu shows her in performance in 2003, the year in which she released her fourth album, Worldwide Underground, and won a Grammy Award for the best R&B song, “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop).”
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David Scheinbaum, courtesy of Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd.
Restrictions & Rights
© David Scheinbaum
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David Scheinbaum, born 1951
Erykah Badu, born 26 Feb 1971
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Interior\Performing Arts
Erykah Badu: Female
Erykah Badu: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
United States\New Mexico\Bernalillo\Albuquerque
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 39.6 x 58.3 cm (15 9/16 x 22 15/16")
Mount: 56 x 71.4 cm (22 1/16 x 28 1/8")
Mat: 66 x 81.3 cm (26 x 32")
National Portrait Gallery