Lauryn Hill Returns For Montreux Jazz Festival
Former Fugees member Lauryn Hill will make a high profile appearance at this years Montreux Jazz Festival organizers announced today (April 2).
Hill will join some of the worlds biggest stars during the 43rd Annual Montreux Jazz festival, which runs from July 3-18 and features 90 concerts and over 1,000 musicians.
Artists such as B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, The Black Eyed Peas, Susan Tedeschi, Soloman Burke Diane Reeves, Steely Dan, The Dave Matthews Band and others will perform during the event.
The festival will also feature a three-day tribute to Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, who signed reggae legend Bob Marley in 1972.
Hill has five children with Bob Marleys son Rohan.
Despite selling millions of records with The Fugees and own her own with her hit 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the rapper/R&B singer dropped out of the public eye around 2000.
Throughout the past eight years, Hill has made various controversial appearances, including a well publicized event at a 2003 Christmas concert at The Vatican where she criticized priests.
She has sporadically toured, but has been greeted with a chilly reception by fans, who claim Hill is notoriously late for concerts and delivers sub par performances.
According to Reuters, The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most respected musical events in all of Europe.
"It's a festival like no other. You don't have to buy a ticket to take advantage, there are lots of free events from noon to five in the morning," festival founder Claude Nobs told Reuters. "Expect the unusual. The unions aren't in charge and a concert finishes when it finishes." he said.
Lauryn Hill will take the stage of the Stravinski Auditorium on July 11.