A live band accompanied by a suit and tie brass section and backing singers presented the legendary trio with an electrifying rendition of “The Score” and “How Many Mics”. Fans cheered at the sight of Wyclef and Pras, but erupted after seeing Ms Lauryn Hill walk in in a red ruffled dress, black circular sunglasses and a pair of matching wedge boots.
The team wasn’t going to waste the energy the boisterous crowd gave them as they made their way through “Ready or Not”, “Zealots” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song”. The energy of the crowd was amplified when the thunderous “Fu-Gee-La” produced by Salaam Remi made the fans tremble at Pier 17 with all the jumps.
Wyclef has taken some time to let off steam in a free style regarding all that is going on with his fellow Haitians in Del Rio, TX. The Haitian migrant crisis dominated news and social media this week for the inhumane treatment Haitians receive from the US border patrol, and Wyclef wasted no time in addressing the troubling situation.
He criticized President Joe Biden for ignoring the poor conditions in the Del Rio camp and criticized the way Haitian migrants are treated, unlike Afghan refugees who have been granted asylum. Wyclef also threatened with death the US Border Patrol officer who was filmed flogging the migrants before saying he may be exaggerating, just in case CNN or MSNBC misinterpret his words.
Lauryn took over freestyle duties but chose to speak to the crowd about the controversial history of the Fugees. The group broke up after releasing their second studio album and embarked on a solo career. There were rumors of all kinds regarding the breakup, but Lauryn explained that money and success had hindered the group.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper-singer asked everyone in attendance to “respect the miracle” of herself, with Wyclef and Pras able to tune in and perform like the good old days. She also explained the break she took after her groundbreaking debut album Lauryn Hill’s poor education stems from her desire to make up for all the years she spent as a teenager at the Fugees and her solo career.
The show ended long before fans were ready to return home, but the Fugees promised the tour would be unique as they are still “cooking” it up. While some were disappointed and other fans were happy, everyone wanted the band to perform one more song.
Unfortunately, they will have to wait for a still a few weeks to see the Refugee All-Stars in action again when Diaspora Calling Presents The Fugees debuts in Chicago, Illinois on November 2.