Tribute to the Music of Mary J. Blige, Fantasia & Erykah Badu
This was an awesome night of tribute music dedicated to three great R&B singers of our time. Performing before a near capacity crowd at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, Halima Peru’s tribute to the music of Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, and Erykah Badu proved to be worthy of the show’s title.
The diminutive Peru belted out classics from the trio of R&B divas, and made the stage her own while constantly giving the packed house reason to dance, clap, cheer, and sing along. Showing off her versatility (as if performing hits from Mary J., Fantasia, and Erykah left any question), Peru paid homage to the superstar trio through her interpretations of classics such as My Life, On and On, and When I see You, while mixing in original compositions Waiting, and Show Me as an added bonus for those in attendance.
Peru’s show closing rendition of Fantasia’s “Lose to Win” was, in a word, POWERFUL. She may have sung their songs, but it was definitely her show. It was a concert to remember!
Article and Photography by Rodney Black