Erykah Badu Previews ‘BADUBOTRON’ Radio Show with a Funk-Fueled Mix

Erykah Badu spins an hour-plus of deep funk, soul, jazz, and r&b, in the debut episode of her new Sonos Radio show.

Late last month, Erykah Badu announced she was joining Sonos Radio‘s prestigious roster of guest DJs and curators. And now, we’re finally being treated to the singer’s first batch of selections.

Today, the first episode of Badu’s aptly-titled BADUBOTRON radio show went live with an eclectic hour-plus set. In her debut sequence for Sonos, Badu spun deep funk, soul, jazz, and r&b, with crucial cuts from Sun Ra, Junie Morrison, Funkadelic, George Duke, Dionne Warwick, The Last Poets, Donny Hathaway, and more. The singer also told a few anecdotes about her creative process, including how she came up with the Baduizm standout, “Appletree.”

BADUBOTRON adds to a star-studded dial of channels curated by luminary musicians, including D’Angelo, M.I.A., Brian Eno, FKA twigs, and more.

Hear the first episode of Erykah Badu’s BADUBOTRON radio show below and scroll on for the full setlist.


Junie Morrison – “Super Spirit”
Donny Hathaway – “Jealous Guy”
Dionne Warwick – “You’re Gonna Need Me”
Tyler, The Creator featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell – “JUGGERNAUT”
Erykah Badu – “Appletree”
Funkadelic – “Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?”
George Duke – “Movin’ On”
Tierra Whack – “Waze”
The Last Poets – “When The Revolution Comes”
Bob Marley – “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”
The Clovers – “The Rotten Cocksuckers Ball”
Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio featuring Lester Bowie – “The Ancestors Are Amongst Us”
Deerhoof – “Siriustar”
Sun Ra and His Arkestra – “Nuclear War”
Lonnie Holley – “Looking for All (All Rendered Truth)”
JaRon The Secret – “Kid Pulled Up In The City”
David Bendeth – “A Colorful Dream”
Erykah Badu – “Honey”


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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