Lauryn Hill Holds Surprise Mini-Fugees Gathering at Roots Picnic

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As the clock struck 10 p.m. Saturday night in Philadelphia, the end of the second night of the annual Roots Picnic came with a big surprise when she became the leading lady of the evening. lauryn hill hosted old friends and old fugues bandmates Wyclef Jean and Pras Michél for a brief but effective reunion of the hit R&B-hip hop trio.

Dressing elegantly in an emerald green cape and a jewel-embroidered vest-shirt-and-tie set for the surprisingly cool breezes of June, Hill talked about the 25th anniversary of selling “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” (“Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”). Hill”). The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” (“I love saying those words,” she exclaimed), before moving on to a hoarse rendition of (“Everything Is Everything” and a flamboyant “Superstar”).

Shortly after Hill included a cover of Frankie Valli’s song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and a live rendition of his solo classic “Doo Wop (That Thing)” on his latest tour, the scene was played for a few moments by the Roots. welcomed its member. – former Fugees Pras and Wyclef friends.

Within a six-song set, starting with “The Score” and ending with the singing “Fu-Gee-La”, the set looked like a lively practiced session, fully rehearsed rather than improvised. last minute event Perhaps the intuition of three old souls interacting as one soul passed through the supple rhythms of animated Fugees, angry “How Many Mics”, “Zealots” and “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me”. Softly with His Song,” before the unified “Fu-Gee-La” finale.

The most magical thing about the Fugees reunion was that it did happen, beyond shock value for an audience already enthralled by any Hill.

Not only did the band abruptly cancel their planned 2021 world tour, it also ended. just playing a concert – but in April Michel was convicted of international conspiracy charges and apparently faces a long prison sentence. The hard work of Questlove and Roots manager Shawn Gee (who’s also the lead actor of Live Nation Urban) isn’t just for the secret reunion of Fugee.

Posting on Instagram late Saturday evening, her father Lee Andrews (of Lee Andrews & The Hearts fame) Questlove’s birth date said:

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