Erykah Badu Rocks the SchoolHouse

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Grammy Award winner Erykah Badu rocked the SchoolHouse when she surprised students attending the International House of Blues Foundation® (IHOBF) Blues SchoolHouse Program in Dallas on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. The program traces the evolution of the blues from its roots in African culture through its emergence and evolution as a unique American musical form. Badu was featured as an example of the influence of blues on contemporary music. “The influence of blues is in my cells. It’s a big part of who I am,” said Badu. “I am the blues.”

Badu and her non-profit, Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development arranged for fifth graders from St. Philips School to take part in the musical journey. Students from Prestonwood Elementary and Holy Trinity Catholic Schools also participated in the program. Badu, who was a schoolteacher before she launched her music career, jumped at the opportunity to participate in IHOBF’s Blues SchoolHouse Program. “Blues music tells the story of important events in our history,” said Badu. “It is important for young people to understand the origin of the music that is such a big part of their everyday lives. If they don’t know and understand their heritage, they’ll lose it.“

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