Erykah Badu’s Secretive Kenya Visit Revealed

Remember a few months back when we put up a piece about multi-faceted American artist and model Erykah Badu’s secretive visit to Kenya? Well, it finally surfaced that the longtime artist was in our country for Essence Magazine’s first-ever global issue, which Badu adorns the cover of.

“Badu happily joined our team in…Kenya for the beautiful photo shoots that mark the cover story,” reads an Essence Magazine announcement. “She’s always felt a connection to the continent and it shows.”

Despite her 44-years of age, Badu is featured on the cover looking mighty youthful, seductively gazing out from the frame sporting a black top hat and peacock-patterned pants.

Badu featured in Essence Magazine's cover story.

Badu featured in Essence Magazine’s cover story.

When asked about her connection to Kenya and the continent at-large, Badu said: “When I just breathe the oxygen I get real relaxed. I don’t know, but something about the vibrations or the frequency here is kind of… I remember, you know?”

Essence’s first-ever global issue hit the stands on July 10. Make sure to get your copy.

Originally from Sweden, Chris is a journalist with an extensive interest for African culture and the arts.