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Erica Abi Wright, known professionally as Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress.
Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s and 2000s along with artists such as D'Angelo and Maxwell.
Erykahs voice has been compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday. Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for her eccentric style, which often included wearing very large and colorful headwraps.
She was a core member of the Soulquarians.
As an actress, she has played a number of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D.
She also has appeared in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.
Born: 26 February 1971
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