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Erykah Badu Video Reinterprets Miles Davis' 'Maiysha (So Long)'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:15:05 Z)

Erykah Badu directed this unusual music video as part of Robert Glasper's project to reinterpret the music of Miles Davis. This song is "Maiysha (So Long)."

According to Rolling Stone:

Badu plays a "neurotic, beatnik chanteuse" named Sarah Bellam who is seen backstage before a show. She argues with her keyboardist and partner played by Glasper as she preps for a minimalist performance. As the lights dim on set following the song, Bellam freaks out over the quality of the performance and the set as Glasper attempts to console her. The pair continue to abandon the musicians -- drummer Rashad "Ringo" Smith, bassist Braylon Lacy and trumpet player Frédéric Yonnet -- who stand still in the dark.

Badu is one of several guests to collaborate with Glasper as he reworked Davis' catalog. Illa J, Bilal, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING and Stevie Wonder were among those to offer their own visions of the jazz standards.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after a 26-year career with CNN. He mainly covers entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosts a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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