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The Fugees Reunite for World Tour Celebrating “The Score” 25th Anniversary

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The multi-Grammy-winning trio will reunite for the first time in 15 years.

It’s official: legendary hip-hop group The Fugees are back with a world tour. The massive announcement comes in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of their Grammy-winning album The Score.

The iconic group hasn’t performed together in fifteen years. Yet Wyclef Jean, Pras Michel, and the absolutely legendary Lauryn Hill will be reuniting for twelve shows. The tour kicks off today, just one day after it was announced, with “an intimate show” in New York City, according to the group. The first show will be held at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in NYC via Ticketmaster.

The next show is scheduled for November 2nd, at the United Center in Chicago. More shows are planned to follow in Oakland, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Newark, Washington D.C., Paris, and London. The tour will end in Africa, with shows in Nigeria and Ghana.

Fugees: “Crafty crew” to worldwide success

Formed in 1990, the Fugees originally went by the name “Tranzlator Crew”. This changed to “Fugees” as a nod to Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel’s Haitian immigrant background. After coming onto the scene with their 1994 freshman album, Blunted on Reality and getting on to the Billboard Top 50, the Fugees continued their climb.

In 1996, they hit the big time. That year, their instant-classic album The Score came out to resounding success. It nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The album included smash hits “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song”. The latter won the 1997 Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group. The Score would go on to win Best Rap Album at the 1997 Grammys, and to date has sold some 22 million copies worldwide.

Separated and reunited

Following the album’s success, the group parted ways. Each went on to have a successful solo career, especially notably Lauryn Hill. In 1998, she released her first (and so far, only) album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which solidified her as one of the best R&B-hip-hop artists of all time. In a press statement regarding the tour, the Fugees, and The Score, Hill said:

“The Fugees have a complex but impactful history. 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.”

Wyclef Jean also weighed in with his own statement:

“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,” said Wyclef in a statement. “We would be a voice for the un-heard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”

 

Check out the tour dates below, and go to Ticketmaster to get your Fugees tickets today!

Sept. 22 – New York, NY @ TBA

Nov. 2 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

Nov. 7 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena

Nov. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Nov. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena

Nov. 21 – Miami, FL @ FTX Arena

Nov. 26 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

Nov. 28 – Washington D.C. @ Capital One Arena

Dec. 4 – Paris, France @ La Defense Arena

Dec. 6 – London, U.K. @ The O2

Date TBA – Nigeria @ Venue TBA

Dec. 18 – Ghana @ Venue TBA

 

Garrett C. Owen

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