Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Erykah Badhu

The almost unworldly voice of Erykha Badu in this song, written by a South African jazz trumpet player, Hugh Masekala, made famous by John Coltrane, and now changed again by Robert Glasper, a soul/jazz pianist from Texas and the unique beautiful voice of Erykah Badu .

Dream of a land my soul is from
I hear a hand stroke on the drum

Shades of delight
Cocoa hue
Rich as the night
Afro blue

Elegant boy
Beautiful girl
Dancing for joy
Delicate whirl
Shades of delight
Cocoa hue
Rich as the night
Afro blue

Two young lovers dance face to face
With undulating grace
They gently sway
Then slip away
To some secluded place


11 responses to “Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Erykah Badhu

  1. i take a lot of ribbing at my.fdl for not being a jazz fan, but her voice is exquisite. i’m glad that you posted the lyrics; sometimes it helps to see the poetry since it can get obscured by instruments and voices.

    thank you for widening my horizons, mafr. (i’ll change the category to music in edit; hope that’s okay.)

  2. Hi, there’s a lot of bad music being played in the category of jazz. And the jazz players heads are huge with self importance; overly technical, worrying about who’s “best” whose the latest greatest, the “first call” player. And they won’t play songs anyone knows, and they now reside mainly in Universities. They’ve ditched the singers, and almost everyone wants to hear the sound of the human voice, and some kind of lyrics.

    Anyway, there are some new younger jazz players that are rejecting that whole way of thinking.

    Many of the South American jazz players do not think that way.

    Glad you like the tune, I don’t know who wrote the lyrics, but I sure like them.

    I’ll get the hang of posting. sooner or later.

    Thank you.

  3. Thanks mafr! I’m one of those jazz un-sophisticates but I love this and Erykah Badu in general. Here is another music video with Janelle Monae which features Erykah:

    The lyrics to the rap section at the end are:
    I asked a question like this
    “Are we a lost generation of our people?
    Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal.
    She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel.
    So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?
    They keep us underground working hard for the greedy,
    But when it’s time pay they turn around and call us needy.
    My crown too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
    Gimme back my pyramid, I’m trying to free Kansas City.
    Mixing masterminds like your name Bernie Grundman.
    Well I’m gonna keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman
    You can take my wings but I’m still goin’ fly
    And even when you edit me the booty don’t lie
    Yeah, keep singing and I’mma keep writing songs
    I’m tired of Marvin asking me, “What’s Going On?
    March to the streets ‘cuz I’m willing and I’m able
    Categorize me, I defy every label
    And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
    We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
    Will you be electric sheep?
    Electric ladies, will you sleep?
    Or will you preach?”

    Complete lyrics:

  4. Thanks a lot, Erykah Badu is remarkable, not surprised she’s with Janelle Monae.. I will listen to that later, but I will say that we went to a concert with Janelle Monae a few months ago. I’ve seen Hendrix, led zeppelin, the Band, Janis Joplin, etc.

    Janelle Monae was the best concert I’ve ever been to. Without any exaggeration, she is mesmerizing. It was like going to another world.

  5. ok, maybe not as good as Jimi. that’s impossible.

  6. nice! from Janelle and Erykah. and they don’t straighten their hair, which I like.

    you said ” I’m one of those jazz un-sophisticates ”

    This thinking is the result of the remarkably successful PR of the Jazz world.
    The PR being, “You don’t like jazz? well, you just don’t know much,do you? You will have to educate yourself, and study. This music is deep, very deep, maybe you should take a jazz appreciation course. I just happen to be running one at…….. ”

    sure, thanks, just what we all want to do, when we listen to some tunes.


    Nonsense of course, but it makes them feel better about the fact that nobody wants to hear what they’re producing, for good reason. Most of It’s not very good music.

    But it seems to work. Nobody would say “I don’t get Justin Bieber, maybe I’m just not sophisticated”

    But for some reason, that’s what people think about jazz.

    and there is lots of good jazz music that most people would like. I’ll find some for the whistle stop cafe.

    believe me, jazz forums on the net worry about this endlessly, “how come nobody wants to hear our music, what are we doing wrong gosh, I practise so hard, I don’t understand”

    and so on and so forth…..

  7. uh-oh; a man on a jazz mission, lol! i dunno if it’s self-sabotaging over not being sophisticated; it may just be what rhythms and note patterns and instruments do it for our bones and souls… but i really did like this one that ef beall linked on one of my threads, except for a few of the very jazziest flourishes. hot clarinet, oh my.

    but what in the name of the wide, wide world of carmen sandiego did you do to stop me from receiving email notifications from this place, anyway? ;-) been tinkerin’ with it all day, and: no soap. oh: and i tried to create a second domain name like: and all the variants, but…they’re all taken. so, maybe we’ll have to let go of that one. too bad, i rather like it and the song, but i can’t find away to have the song play on the sidebar, anyhoo.

  8. I don’t think I did anything….maybe I did. I haven’t tinkered with my dashboard for days, probably. but I still get email notifications, and I have the circle with the plus sign in it.

    thanks for the tune….

  9. good griefers, mafr. you’ve already caught on to posting. when i helped administrate a site some time ago, there were two members who just about drove me ’round the twist trying to teach them how. one never did catch on. i spent about half my day for weeks trying, so you, my dear, have been a walk in the park. categories? meh; those take about seventeen seconds to tweak.

    no, i was just teasing on the emails. but you *are getting* ones you don’t want?

    even with this page?!/read/edit/

  10. If I tell you both the truth – which is that I hate Rhapsody in Blue so much that I run to turn the sound down whenever that United Airlines commercial comes on – will you still consider me sophisticated, or for that matter, consider me at all? I can’t explain what it is about some classical music and/or jazz but instead of soothing my savage boobs, it makes me want to pull my ears off. On the other hand, I totally dig Watermelon Man and funkier jazz like that.

  11. not hugh masekala , Mongo Santamaria, wrote “Afro Blue” whoops.

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