Erykah Badu made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, coinciding with both the 20th anniversary of her 1997 album Baduizm and the release of a new Fela Kuti box set that she curated. Backed by The Roots, Badu performed version of her early hit “On & On,” which features elements of Fela Kuti’s “Sorrow, Tears and Blood,” primarily the arrangement and the backing vocalists’ “Ey-yah” chants. Which is still pretty damn cool. (Sorrow, Tears and Blood is not featured on the Badu-curated Fela box set, but is definitely an Afrobeat classic.) Watch the Erykah Badu Fallon performance below.
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