Isaac Hayes And Erykah Badu To Host "Café Soul" Benefit

Legendary soul man Isaac Hayes and R&B chanteuse Erykah Badu will join forces to order up a little music and poetry at their special "Café Soul" charity event in New York City this week.

TLC, D'Angelo, Chico DeBarge, Maxi Priest, Zhané, and Solo are also tentatively scheduled to jam with Hayes at the show, set for Tuesday night at Manhattan's China Club.

In addition to the musical performances, "Café Soul" will also feature poetry readings from MTV "Real World" alumnus Kevin Powell, Ras Barka, Juba Dowdell, and Tony Medina, among others.

Proceeds from the event, including a $20,000 donation by "Café Soul" co-sponsor Tanqueray Malacca Gin, will be shared by a pair of non-profit groups: the Sanctuaries For Families Women's Shelter and the Sheppard Foundation.

The Sanctuaries For Families Women's Shelter provides counseling and assistance to victims of domestic abuse and their families. The Sheppard Foundation helps fund and research

medical treatment for cancer patients.

"Café Soul" is the latest such benefit staged by Tanqueray and Hayes, who is perhaps best known these days as the voice of Chef on Comedy Central's "South Park" animated series.

As for Badu, she's been working on the follow-up to her 1997 debut album, "Baduizm," at a studio in her hometown of Dallas for the last few months. Her LP will hopefully surface next year.

For ticket information about the "Café Soul" concert, contact the event's organizers at (212) 586-9315. (Please note that this is not a toll-free call.)