*Reports of Erykah Badu performing at Gambia’s Roots Homecoming Festival are not true, according to the singer’s camp.
In a statement to BET.com, a rep for Badu confirmed the entertainer would not make an appearance at the event.
“Despite recent media reports that indicated otherwise, recording artist Erykah Badu is not booked to participate in the 11th Edition of the Roots Homecoming Festival in Gambia,” the rep stated while detailing how the mistake occurred. “Event organizers mistakenly believed Ms. Badu to be confirmed due to false representation and claims from a third party unaffiliated with Ms. Badu and her management. All marketing and advertising materials promoting the festival featuring her likeness were done without Ms. Badu’s knowledge or consent.”
According to a message posted last week on the event’s Facebook page, the event is held in commemoration of “the enforced enslavement and transportation of millions of Africans to the Americas and the Caribbean Islands.”
Despite the denial from Badu’s camp, a photo of the entertainer is still found on the Facebook page next to reggae and world music acts Sizzla Kalonji, Mutabaruka and Jaliba Kuyateh. News of Badu not performing at the Roots Festival conflicts with claims made on raveaboutafrica.com that she is one of the festival’s “special guests performing.”
The Facebook post inquired about Badu’s presence at the event by asking, “Will Erykah Badu be performing for us is the million dollar question??? We do hope she attends, because it is so much more than just a performance, we hope she takes part in the homecoming week of activities….”
As it stands now, Badu has recently been in Africa, recording her sixth studio album.