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After years of unpublicized and almost secretive performances across the globe, singer Lauryn Hill recently appeared at the Raggamuffin Festival in New Zealand on January 23rd. When first announced to be a headliner at the annual festival, fans and the blogsphere wondered whether or not the seemingly reclusive singer would re-emerge. Well, the gifted musician did show up with energetic offerings of songs such as ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’, ‘Doo Wop’ and ‘Final Hour’ as she moved about the stage and interacted with the lively crowd.
For those of us who couldn’t attend the annual Raggamuffin Festival, have no fear—Youtube was bombarded with clips from her recent performance. Although the sound bites leave much to be desired due to poor quality, one article boldly stated the star showed fans “she’s still got it.” While singing the opening refrain to the Robert Flack classic famously popularized by her and former band mates The Fugees, the audience became ecstatic with screaming and applause. One person could even be heard yelling “Oh my God, Oh my God.”
With a smile as bright as ever, one memorable moment occurs when Hill asks her audience what they would like to hear her sing. Such genuine interaction left the impression that perhaps she is ready to return to the stage. Although in recent interviews former band mate Pras has mentioned she is currently working on new material, Lauryn nor Columbia have made official statements to validate these claims. Whatever the case, she certainly is up to something and I’m sure music lovers all around the world are ready and waiting for her return.