Fugees announced the concert in NYC earlier this week as part of an upcoming tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their 1996 album The Score, disclosing the venue the day of the show. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel were accmompanied by a full band, a horn section and backing vocalists.
The set began with The Score title track, followed by fellow album tracks “How Many Mics,” “Zealots” and “Fu-Gee-La.” Fugees also offered Hill’s now-classic interpretation of “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” which was followed by another The Score hit single, “Ready or Not.”
The reunion performance also saw Jean deliver a freestyle during which the Haitian rapper touched on the United States’ recent treatment of migrants arriving from his native country.
“Respect the miracle of this union,” Hill reportedly told the crowd of 3,000. “Respect that we can get on this stage and still do this.”
Fugees ended their reunion show by covering Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.” The performance will be part of the Global Citizen Live livestream event on Saturday, September 25. Fugees’ Diaspora Calling Tour formally begins in Chicago on November 2.
Watch audience-shot footage from last night’s show in New York City below:
Fugees at The Rooftop at Pier 17
- The Score
- How Many Mics
- Killing Me Softly With His Song
- Ready or Not
- No Woman, No Cry