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▶ The eclectic event returns in February next year with a smattering of hip-hop, pop, jazz and soul. Here’s what to expect from the headliners
The first headliner for next year’s Dubai Jazz Festival was announced as Haitian-American singer, songwriter and rapper Lauryn Hill.
The singer was one of the headliners at Glastonbury last year, but reviews weren’t favourable. Hopefully, she’ll bring her A-game to Dubai. Her seminal debut solo
album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released 21 years ago. Hill’s best known songs remain Doo Wop, Ex-Factor and Everything is Everything.
Her first solo album remains one of the most influential hip-hop albums to have been released to date, but Hill’s debut didn’t herald the sudden arrival of a new star. Instead, the album fulfilled the promise she made during her time with The Fugees.
Alongside fellow members Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, the trio were never really comfortable with the hip-hop tag. Because of their Caribbean music influences,
The Fugees’ oeuvre was a gumbo of styles, with soul and funk as key ingredients.
With The Fugees breaking up in 1997, their eclecticism can be felt in The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, released a year later – only this time, Hill was telling her own story.
Where The Fugees mostly surveyed the land from a macro level of social justice in songs such as Fu-Gee-La and Ready or Not, Hill’s solo work looked at the world from the personal vantage points of a woman, mother, wife and member of a disenfranchised minority – it was a “Wakanda” moment for African-American women. Like the blockbuster Black
Panther, the power of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill lay in its aspirational qualities. Unlike most of her peers, Hill wasn’t only keen to chronicle life as she saw it. Instead, she was more interested in what we could make of it. Support act: Bruno Major
The British singer-songwriter toured with Sam Smith from March to May this year.
Lauryn Hill performs at Glastonbury Festival last June