Ms. Lauryn Hill reunited with Wyclef Jean at the Essence Festival in New Orleans Friday night for a surprise performance of four Fugees songs. Although neither Wyclef nor Hill were on the original festival lineup, Hill appeared on stage thirty minutes after Wyclef’s set to perform “Killing Me Softly”, “How Many Mics”, “Fu-Gee-La” and “Ready or Not”. .
Wyclef shared a video on Twitter of Hill joining him onstage with the caption: “This is what it sounds like when a real GOAT enters the arena!”
That moment when? @MsLaurynHill showed up last night as my surprise guest @essencefest – That’s what it sounds like when a real GOAT enters the arena! #essencefest #the carnival pic.twitter.com/INMhgTm5HP
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) July 3, 2022
The adored hip-hop trio, which includes third bandmate Pras, gave their final public appearance at an unannounced concert in New York last September. Before that, the group hadn’t reunited on stage since 2006.
The Fugees were set to go on a 25th anniversary tour this year, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band wrote on social media: “The ongoing Covid pandemic has made touring difficult and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe. An idea was born to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of ‘The Score’, but we now see that right now may not be our time to revisit this earlier work.”
“We are grateful for the special evening we got to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment,” the statement continued. “We hope to revisit this again soon, if opportunity, public safety and schedule permits. Thank you for all your love and support over the years.”