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Miss Erykah Badu (left) shows us once again how excellent she is with the accessories. Tacky Masaai tourist necklaces have never looked so good. Thanks to the homie Laura Walubengo (right) for sharing this pic and inducing groupie envy everywhere.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
|I like beer. A beer company (EABL) brought us Badu.|
|Ann Mitaru & Janet Onyango|
|Wanjeri Gakuru & Nigel Mwaura|
|Me and my sister|
An Ode to Badu
Okay, so the reviews on social media are out and it can be safely said that Erykah Badu's performance was a ridiculous hit. Just before the concert I rushed home and rifled around for her music, for a quick refresher as I got ready; I salvaged four albums: Baduizm (of course!), The Kabbah, Mama's Gun, & Worldwide Underground.
Yes, Badu brought it (on a night that just happened to be the eve of Kenya's 49th Independence Day). To me, what took her show from being just superbly entertaining to being a pivotal moment in my life is that the music was about something. It had messages in it (musically and lyrically) that felt compelling to me. In that one show I was compelled to love myself, to be proud of my country, to feel in kindred spirit with the throngs around me, and to feel nostalgic for my youth - all at once. That old-school conscious hiphop thing lives in Erykah Badu.
When Baduizm came out in '97, it started a style revolution. Suddenly, ethnic fashion was the done thing: African prints & textures, statement jewellery, towering headwraps, dreadlocks... She glamorized the African goddess look, made it palatable to the masses. Of course, Badu has moved on from the faceless batik-wearing woman on the cover of that album that pretty much triggered the neo-soul lifestyle for so many soulheads like myself. But the essence of that album is firmly in place. Last night, in red pants (with a giant chain hanging hipster-style), blue sweatshirt, black boots (which came off halfway through the show), a lot of bangles, super long tresses underneath an old felt hat, and not a stitch of make-up, Badu was nothing you can really categorize style-wise. She was just herself.
Follow Erykah Badu on Twitter @fatbellybella, it's worth it.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|Look who showed up and literally saved the day (makeup!) #SteveKoby|
|Stylist & Producer: Eddie Kirindo|
|Video: Em's Studio|
|"Do not sit on the wall"|
|Starring Designer/Stylist John Kaveke (world-renowned)|
|At work in a leafy downtown alley|
|It's a wrap!|
|Why waste perfectly good facepaint?|