Ever since the release of her debut album Baduizm
, the American soul singer Erykah Badu has had the music world in the palm of her hands. Her style, which has often been described as 'neo soul', is sometimes eclectic and always politically and socially charged.From a jazz perspective, Badu's voice is reminiscent of Billie Holiday. Badu did not release any new work from 2003 to 2007; she was suffering from writers' block. But luckily she recovered and came back strongly in 2008 with the albums New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
and New Amerykah Part Two (Return of Ankh)
. She is currently working on two new projects that should see the light of day this year. Her philosophical approach and clear opinions, as well as her feeling for entertainment make her an elusive and unique phenomenon.