American Hip-hop group The Fugees have announced they are reuniting for their first live shows in 15 years, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album, The Score.
The trio – Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel – rose to fame in the 1990s due to their hit songs “Fu-Gee-La”, “Ready Or Not”, and their cover of “Killing Me Softly” all from the album, which topped the Billboard 200 in the US and charted at number two in the UK.
The group debuted in the early ’90s as Tranzlator Crew and eventually adopted the name Fugees, a shortened riff on “refugees” that referenced cousins Jean and Michel’s shared Haitian-immigrant heritage.
They released their first album “Blunted On Reality” in 1994, but “The Score” made them a household name.
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) September 21, 2021
The Fugees made a huge impact on hip-hop music in the 1990s despite they remained together for only five years and dropped two albums before they split for the first time.
The group won two Grammy awards for “The Score” and “Killing Me Softly”.
“The Score” allocated revenues of more than 22 million worldwide, placing it among the best-selling albums of all time.
The trio separated due to tensions in the band and went on to have solo careers.
Jean released his debut album Wyclef Jean Presents “The Carnival” in 1997, while Hill and Michel followed in 1998, with “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” and “Ghetto Supastar”, respectively.
The trio reunited for Fugees gigs in 2004 and 2005, but later split again.
The Fugees will play a concert in New York on Wednesday before the tour starts in Chicago on November 2.
They are set to perform eight concerts in the US before holding a show in Paris and then at the O2 in London on December 6. The tour will finish with performances in Nigeria and Ghana.
The Fugees’ charitable fund is also set to link up with Global Citizen for philanthropic efforts around the tour.