Wyclef Replaces Troubled Singer Lauryn Hill At Jazz Fest

AllHipHop Staff

Former Fugee member Wyclef Jean will fill in for his ex-band mate Lauryn Hill during the Montreux Jazz Festival organizers have announced.

Montreux Jazz Festival organizers were left without one of their major acts, when Hill abruptly canceled all of her European bookings.

Hill’s cancellation also affected performances at the Stockholm Jazz Festival this July in Sweden, as well as dates in Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Italy and other countries.

Jean will take to the stage as Hill’s replacement on July 11 at the Stravinski Auditorium in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jean’s appearance at the concert will be his only European appearance this summer, organizers told AllHipHop.com in a statement.

“Wyclef has broken down the barriers of hip-hop and infused his music with the sounds of reggae, rock and folk,” organizers said in a statement. “His new album, which features Akon and TI, is set for release this autumn and we can expect many of the songs to be debuted on July 11th. He and his group are traveling specially from the United States for what will be his only European date this summer, after having refused several other offers from various festivals.”

Over 1,000 musicians will take part in 43rd Annual Montreux Jazz Festival this year, including The Black Eyed Peas, George Duke, Chaka Khan, BB King, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Steely Dan, Solomon Burke, Stanley Clarke and numerous others.

The event takes place from July 3-18 along Lake Geneva.