Fugees frontwoman and neo-soul singer Lauryn Hill has just been added to the headliners of the upcoming New Orleans Voodoo Music + Art Experience, a multi-day music and arts festival held annually at the CityPark in Louisiana. This year marks the festival’s 16th anniversary and will be held from October 31 to November 2, 2014. Hill will be gracing the stage for the first time in New Orleans at Voodoo Experience since she performed at the 2011 Jazz Fest, where she was backed by a large band including members of the Hot 8 Brass Band. The news of her joining Voodoo Experience broke on Wednesday, when it was announced by the festival organizers via social media.
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Hill made waves in the music scene as part of the hip-hop group the Fugees in the 1990s, demonstrating great skill in both rapping and singing. She released her solo effort, The Miseductaion of Lauryn Hill, in 1998 but hasn’t followed it with another recorded album to date. However, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill saw wide critical success and earned Hill five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.
Hill was charged in June 2012 with three counts of tax evasion, for which she served three months in jail in 2013. Although she has retreated from the mainstream, she has been performing live at various festivals and doing side recording projects. She also narrated a Swedish documentary called Concerning Violence on African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 70s.
She currently has dates to perform in Europe and may have dates in the US in the fall following her Voodoo Experience performance. Hill will be joined at Voodoo Experience by other headlining artists such as Outkast, Skrillex, Foo Fighters, Slayer, Death From Above and Arctic Monkeys.
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