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Legendary US group Fugees to tour West Africa


READY or not here come the Fugees.

The popular American hip-hop group have announced that they will be hitting African shores for a small tour in December, performing in Ghana and Nigeria.

The tour will be the Fugees’ first in 15 years, performing in a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

Wyclef Jean, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel told fans that they will be reuniting after 15 years to celebrate the anniversary of their hit 1996 album The Score, by going on a 12-city global tour, which will see them concluding in the two West African countries for the December dates.

The only album released by the group, The Score gave fans timeless hits such as “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Ready or Not,” going on to sell more than 22 million copies worldwide. 

The group never recorded another album due to legal troubles and personal rifts within the group, as well as Hill and Jean’s fraught romantic history.

The official tour poster for the Fugees reunion tour. Picture: Supplied

“The Fugees have a complex but impactful history,” says Ms. Lauryn Hill. “I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. 

“I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary, and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world.”

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The reunion will begin in New York City for the Global Citizen Live concert, before kicking off the tour in November with other locations including Chicago; Los Angeles, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before capping it off in Nigeria and Ghana.

This tour would make it Hill’s second performance in Nigeria, performing for the first time at a concert in 2015 in Nigeria’s capital of Lagos, and then paying a visit to the New Afrika Shrine alongside Seun Kuti and Kunle Kuti, to pay tributes to legendary musician Fela Kuti. 

Fellow member and producer Wyclef Jean adds: “As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music, we would be a movement. 

“We would be a voice for the unheard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 24 on LiveNation.com.

By The African Mirror