Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pre-BET Awards 2011 Black Girls Rock Event With Erykah Badu

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I had a GREAT time at the Roxy last night dancing my (BEEP) off during BET Pre-Awards event, the Black Girls Rock & Soul Tour, featuring Erykah Badu, aka @fatbellybella aka DJ Low Down Loretta Brown. Call her what you want, but Badu's show was off da chain with the added "go-go swing!" Y'all know I love go-go music!

Fresh out of DC area, all female band Be'la Dona introduced to many, re-introduced to some the genre of music seen performed by E.U. in Spike Lee Joint, "School Daze." This "Klymaxx of the new millennium", set the tone for the night by covering Beyonce, Rihanna, and Michael Jackson's biggest hits with their musical flavor. The crowd moved and grooved, myself included until we sweat! While they were on stage, we were totally distracted as to how long the wait for Badu was becoming.

Surprisingly, during their set, "Closer To My Dreams", Goapele made an appearance. The Bay area songstress blessed us with a rendition of crowd favorite, Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thang". Following her great performance, female trio, KING, then slowed the mood down a bit as the three women harmonized to mellow tracks.

Later, another celebrity surprise guest, Ledisi, stepped on stage and introduced Badu--and no, she didn't sing. Once Badu arrived, she performed with Be'La Dona like an original go-go band member, playing the cowbell, and percussion. She rocked that bell but that's not all!

A woman of many talent and hats, literally, Badu incorporated her a turntable into the show and became DJ Low Down Loretta Brown. On the 1s and 2s, Badu showed off a few mixing techniques for several minutes to an attentive crowd then her cypher kept moving like a rolling stone with celebrity guest DJs D-Nice, Idris Elba aka "Dris", and Beverly Bond, the founder of Black Girls Rock. The four of them cold rocked the party until closing time!

Overall, it was a wonderful night of great performances which supported a great cause. Learn more about Black Girls Rock by visiting its official website. Enjoy the video!


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