Erykah Badoula gives thrilling Tusker Lite performance


The crowd surged to the front when emcees Cess Mutungi and Edward Kwach announced that the Queen of Neo Soul was on her way to the stage, Erykah Badu.

Her band struck up the chords and beat the drums in dramatic fashion to invite the persona on stage that was the reason for the Tusker Lite Experience on December 11.

“Nairobi,” she said and a wave of cheers was the response she got…and the most magnanimous performance the city has ever seen began.

Dressed in an orange hat, poncho, hoodie and heels, Erykah started off her performance, accentuated by earthy hand movements, a synthesizer, screams and controlled echoes – but soon the poncho, hoodie, and heels were off. And she showed love to Nairobi through her music like only she can.

She started just after 9pm and went on and on for close to two hours, taking two encores from fans to cap her performance with hit songs ‘Bag Lady’ and ‘Call Tyrone’.

Kiss Your Neck, The Healer, Next Lifetime, Soldier, Love of My Life, Umm Hmm, Love and Danger were among the several songs she merged together in a one of a kind concert crafted especially for her Kenyan fans.

At every break she would make the crowd go crazy by saying “Nairobi, I love you!”

Erykah was backed up by a talented band, including 3-time Grammy nominated producer RC Cola on the keyboards, and Grammy Award winning producer Jon Jon Traxx on the bass guitar.

The concert was opened by Ugandan Saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa, who handed over to DJs Adrian and Andre before Badu came on.

The camera shy 41 year old musician later held a private meet-and-greet session for a group of 20 or so fans at the Carnivore Grounds – in a tent behind the main performance area. She told the group to ask her questions, which she promised to answer honestly.

When asked about her experience in Nairobi she said she was still digesting the energetic show, and would have loved to visit the wildlife and the different hoods just to see how people live.

“There hasn’t been much time.”

“You sing like a woman in love, are you in love?” asked one female fan, and Erykah responded by saying; “get outta my mind!”

A fan then pointed to musician Bamboo who was in the tent, asking what advice Erykah could give to young upcoming artistes.

“There’s no one thing, but I can say the most important is for them to be true. When you’re true to yourself then the audience can see it. They can see it when you’re fake,” she added.

She admitted that she was working on some new music, which would be ready when it was time.

All in all, Badu’s first time in Kenya was an amazing experience. Thank you Tusker Lite!

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  1. Avatar Anonymous August 3rd, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    The only problem of Arsenal is Arsene Wenger !!.A manager that don`t teach players when to shoot is a disaster.Arsenal hardly score from outside the box,too much passing and back passing kill their game.Every premier league club Knows that. all they do is to have enough people in the box  to stop their passing game, and arsenal is done. We all know they cannot shoot from outside the box.What arsenal need is a strong tall player mix with kids instead of cheap players.

  2. Avatar Depressed Gunner August 3rd, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Arsene Wenger, you saved too much for the club. 6 years are enough, another few more years you’ll be retired. You will leave a notorious legend for failing to perform. Your successor will run Arsenal with wonderful smile and laughing on your stupidness for gathering him the wealth in buying tons of famous players. So stop thinking too far ahead by buying promissing youngsters, get some established/veteran players for your own achievement sake!!! 

  3. Avatar joel magu August 5th, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I agree with you totally, Arsene  Wenger Plz sell Cesc
    Fabregas, let Samir Nasir sign another contract 
    to keep him at the Emirates, strengthen the centre back and bring in an experienced
    midfielder. That way, they could be regarded as title contenders as opposed to
    title pretenders.. Arsenal must wake up this season. i know it will be tough
    but 6 years without a silverware. It’s a big joke.

  4. Avatar Anonymous December 13th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    The show was absolutely AMAZING! Walubengo’s write up is exactly on-point! Congrats Tusker lite for this wonderful event.

  5. Avatar A big fan December 13th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Still buzzing! Waited over a decade to see her in concert and it was truly worth it. Thank you Tusker Lite indeed!

  6. Avatar Carolynar December 13th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    we want her back!!!


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