Erykah Badu- Jazz Singer
Erykah Badu, the jazz singer, was born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas on February 26, 1971. Her mother raised her, her brother Kevin, and her sister Nayrok alone after their father, William Wright Jr. and she separated.
To provide for her family, the children's maternal and paternal grandmother's often helped to look after them. Badu had her first taste of show business at the age of four, singing and dancing at the Dallas Theater Center and THE BLACK ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS under the guidance of her Godmother Gwen Hargrove and uncle, and founder of TBAL, Curtis King.
By the age of 14, Badu was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove. In her youth, she had decided to change the spelling of her first name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name was a "slave name".
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The term "kah" signifies the inner self. She adopted the surname "Badu" because it is her favorite jazz scat sound; also, among the Akan people in Ghana, it is the term for the 10th-born child.
Erykah Badu's "Back in the Day (Puff)" peaked at number 62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
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By Teaon June 16, 2017
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