The ATL Collective Relives Erykah Badu’s Baduizm

The ATL Collective relived neo soul singer-songwriter Erykah Badu’s 1997 debut album Baduizm.  Erykah Badu is one of the queens of the 90’s neo-soul movement and her debut album Baduizm was one that left it’s mark on a generation.  The triple platinum album made it’s way to number two on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart.  Badu also took home a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.  Much love to The ATL Collective to bring Baduizm to the stage at Venkman’s.

The ATL Collective is a celebration of music in its purest form. By re-creating past greats, the ATL Collective discovers and fosters future greats. The stage was certainly filled with women destined for greatness.  Taking us back to 1997 was Zema Lovefire, Jill Rock Jones, Maleke O’Ney, Ruby Velle, Chanda Leigh and Ingrid Sibley.  Individually, any of these ladies could have put on an amazing show having the six of them on stage was an explosion of pure bliss.

I didn’t realize how much of an influence she had on me. When I sat down and was practicing [Certainly] I realized that I sing behind the beat. Those of you that know a lot about neo-soul you know that one of the most important parts about it is the rhythm and the vocals hit BEHIND the rhythm. – Chanda Leigh

Tonight’s performance captured all the jazzy, sexy, socially conscious, and introspective magic that is Baduizm.  Here’s the lineup for the night:

“Rimshot” – group vocal w/ vs.,scat , “boom clat” , and hook by Zema Lovefire
“On & On” – Zema Lovefire
“Apple Tree” – Jill Rock Jones
“Other Side of the Game” – Maleke O’Ney
“Sometimes” – Ruby Velle
“Next Lifetime” – Ruby Velle
“Afro (Freestyle)” – Chanda Leigh
Certainly” & “Certainly (Flipped It)” – Chanda Leigh
“4 Leaf Clover” – Ingrid Sibley
“No Love” – Jill Rock Jones
“Drama” – Zema Lovefire
“Sometimes” – Ruby Velle

Even though this track wasn’t on Baduizm it captures so much of what IS Erykah Badu, Jill Rock Jones to lead on “Tyrone.”