FILE - In this July 6, 2014, file photo, Erykah Badu performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.Badu has come under scrutiny for an interview where she made comments on Bill Cosby and Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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Erykah Badu is coming to South Africa

Solly Makganoto

Johannesburg- The superstar will headline this year’s DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival in Johannesburg on 22 and 23 September.

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will be taking place over the Heritage Day long weekend. The festival is one of the biggest and most popular food and music festival in South Africa, with an estimated 40 000 people expected to attend over the two days.

Earlier this year,  Erykah Badu came under scrutiny for an interview where she made comments on Bill Cosby and Adolf Hitler.

The comments come a day after Vulture published an interview with Badu in which she had supportive things to say about Bill Cosby and Hitler. “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler,” she said.

In a series of tweets, the singer stresses she was trying to impart a “message of compassion” and encouraged people to read the entire interview, not “out of context” headlines.

In another tweet, the singer says she “used the worst examples possible” to “exaggerate a show of compassion.”

The R&B songstress said in the wide-ranging interview with Vulture that, “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.” Badu called him a “wonderful painter” and said he had a “terrible childhood” when asked to elaborate.

On Cosby Badu said, “but if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him?” She said, “sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.” Cosby has been accused by multiple women of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

When asked about separating art from the artist with examples such as Louis C.K. and others, Badu said, “I don’t want to get scared into not thinking for myself. I weigh everything.”

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