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rewatch Beyonce’s powerful Coachella performance with Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z and Solange

Let’s just cut to the chase: there’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year, or any year soon, than Beyoncé’s headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Saturday night.

It was rich with history, potently political and visually grand. By turns uproarious, rowdy, and lush. A gobsmacking marvel of choreography and musical direction.

…Her arrangements were alive with shifts between styles and oodles of small details, quick musical quotations of songs (Pastor Troy’s “No Mo’ Play in G.A.,” anyone?) that favored alertness and engagement. As always, one of the key thrills of a Beyoncé performance is her willingness to dismantle and rearrange her most familiar hits. “Drunk in Love” began as bass-thick molasses, then erupted into trumpet confetti. “Bow Down” reverberated with nervy techno. “Formation,” already a rapturous march, was a savage low-end stomp here. And during a brief trip through the Caribbean part of her catalog, she remade “Baby Boy” as startling Jamaican big band jazz. [NY Times]

Beyonce headlined Coachella last night (4/14), and as you may have expected, it was not only an out-of-this-world musical performance, but a political statement in celebration of black female excellence. She began the truly epic performance with an homage to New Orleans second line marches, and, as the NY Times review quoted above points out, she worked in quotations of influences, forebears and peers, including Malcolm X, Nina Simone, the Black National Anthem, Fela Kuti, Juvenile, C-Murder, Pastor Troy, Fast Life Yunstaz, Crucial Conflict, Kendrick Lamar, and more. She reunited Destiny’s Child on stage and did “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier,” she brought out her husband and tourmate Jay-Z for “Deja Vu,” and she brought out her sister Solange for an awesomely choreographed dance during “Get Me Bodied.” She also gave a moving speech about how she had to reschedule her Coachella performance from last year after getting pregnant with twins

If you haven’t seen her amazing performance or just want to watch it again, it is re-broadcasting right now! Watch below. Update: Re-broadcast is over but you can watch some clips below.

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SETLIST (via)
Family Feud (JAY-Z song)
Crazy in Love (contains elements of “Humble,” “Back That Azz Up,” “Down for my N’s” and “I’m a Hustla”)
Freedom
Lift Every Voice and Sing (James Weldon Johnson cover)
Formation
Sorry (contains elements of “Me, Myself & I”)
Kitty Kat (a cappella)
Bow Down / I Been On
Drunk in Love (contains elements of ” Irreplaceable”, “Swag Surfin” and “Lilac Wine”)
Diva (contains elements of ” Irreplaceable,” “Everybody Mad” and ” Getting to the Money”)
***Flawless (Remix, contains elements of “Feeling Myself”)
Beychella (DJ Khaled)
Top Off (DJ Khaled cover)
7/11
Marching Band Interlude (contains elements of “Shining” , “If I Were a Boy”, “Work It Out” and “Party”)
Don’t Hurt Yourself
I Care
Partition (contains elements of “Blow”)
Yoncé
Mi gente (J Balvin cover) (Remix)
Baby Boy
Hold Up
Countdown
Check on It
Déjà Vu (with JAY-Z) (contains elements of “Green Light”)
Marching Band Interlude (contains elements of “Ego”, ” Why Don’t You Love Me?” and “End of Time”)
Run the World (Girls) (contains elements of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech “We Should All Be Feminists”)
Lose My Breath (Destiny’s Child song)
Say My Name (Destiny’s Child song)
Soldier (Destiny’s Child song)
Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix, with an appearance by Solange onstage)
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Love on Top
Shining (DJ Khaled song)

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