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Lauryn Hill + Wyclef Jean Reunite At Essence Festival: Look + Listen

On Friday night (7.01) at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean of the Fugees made a surprise appearance and performed four songs together.

Midway through Wyclef’s unannounced set at the city’s Caesars Superdome, Hill emerged onstage to perform a “Killing Me Softly” solo before being joined by her Fugees band mate on The Score’s “How Many Mics,” “Fu-Gee-La,” and “Ready or Not.”  Unlike the Fugees’ short-lived 2021 reunion, however, Pras was not ava.

In September of 2021, the trio announced plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Score with their first shows together in 15 years. However, after an eight-song comeback set at a Global Citizen event in New York days later – their first gig together since 2006 – the Fugees postponed their fall reunion tour due to the pandemic. And two months later, the delayed comeback was canceled entirely.

In a statement about the cancellation, the legendary Hip Hop act said “We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen.” “The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe.” “An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of The Score but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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