Reports that Erykah Badu is on the bill for Gambia’s Roots Homecoming Festival are untrue, the Dallas native’s camp has clarified.
“Despite recent media reports that indicated otherwise, recording artist Erykah Badu is not booked to participate in the 11th Edition of the Roots Homecoming Festival in Gambia,” a rep for Badu said in a statement to BET.com. “Event organizers mistakenly believed Ms. Badu to be confirmed due to false representation and claims from a third party unaffiliated with Ms. Badu and her management. All marketing and advertising materials promoting the festival featuring her likeness were done without Ms. Badu’s knowledge or consent.”
Badu is noted on the website raveaboutafrica.com as one of the festival’s “special guests performing.” A photo of the mother of three remains on the Roots Festival’s Facebook page next to reggae and world music acts Sizzla Kalonji, Mutabaruka and Jaliba Kuyateh. A message on the page from last week reads, “Will Erykah Badu be performing for us is the million dollar question??? We do hope she attends, because it is so much more than just a performance, we hope she takes part in the homecoming week of activities….”
The festival, which launched last Friday (May 9) and ends this Friday (May 16), is held in commemoration of “the enforced enslavement and transportation of millions of Africans to the Americas and the Caribbean Islands,” the Facebook post goes on to say.
Badu has been in Africa recently, recording her sixth studio album.