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Lauryn Hill announces rare UK appearance

2014-04-29 14:44:46

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Back to the stage ... Lauryn Hill performing in New York in February 2014. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Lauryn Hill has announced a one-of London show, which will be only her second British appearance in five years. She will play at Brixton Academy on Saturday 20 September.

After gaining initial fame with the Fugees, Hill became a solo star with her influential album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998, which remains her only studio album. However, a dispute over proper credits for the album between Hill and the New Ark team of musicians and producers who worked on the record - which was settled out of court - led Hill to withdraw from the music industry and, increasingly, from society. On those occasions she did play, she developed a reputation for being unpredictable - sometimes taking to the stage two hours late - and a Fugees reunion in 2005 broke down before any new material could be recorded. Her last UK appearance was at the Indigo2 in London in April 2012.

Last year she served a three-month prison sentence for tax evasion. She told the court: "I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me." However, in 2013 she also released Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix), her first official single in more than 10 years, and completed another single, Consumerism, while she was in prison.

Tickets for the Brixton show go on sale on Friday 2 May, priced from £42.50 to £85.00, plus booking fee.

Source: theguardian.com

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