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Lauryn Hill Played Her First Ever Concert In Nigeria And Visited The New Afrika Shrine

Check out photos and video from Lauryn Hill's debut Nigerian show and her visit to the New Afrika Shrine, where she was greeted by Seun Kuti.


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Ms. Lauryn Hill made it over to Lagos last weekend where she played her debut Nigerian concert to a sold out crowd. Following a previous cancellation (and a striking apology video) for a planned show earlier this year, the singer made it to the Eko Hotel and Suites on Sunday night for a 2-hour-long performance backed by a 20-man band. While many concertgoers expressed their anger towards event organizers on social media for the late start of the show, things went smoothly once the star took the stage. The day after the concert, Ms. Hill, accompanied by her daughter Sarah Marley, paid her respects to Fela Kuti by visiting the New Afrika Shrine, where she was greeted by Seun Kuti. This wasn't the singer’s first time performing in Africa, as she held her first show in Ghana late last year and has previously played in South Africa for Cape Town Jazz Festival, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Senegal. Check out some photos and video from Lauryn Hill's concert in Lagos and her visit to the New Afrika Shrine below.

Ms. Lauryn Hill live in Nigeria for the first time EVER.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill made her much-awaited Nigeria debut Sunday night with a sold-out 2+ hour performance in Lagos A photo posted by Okayafrica (@okayafrica) on

 

Photo via Seun Kuti's Facebook.

Just before the show started a beautiful lady walked up to me telling me how much she loved my music, in her words "we ve been playing you songs in philly " , this sister sang the chorus of No Be You and I was blown away by her voice, soon I realized she was Lauryns back up singer. My life changed last night. I cried when Lauryn was performing and thinking,in my life time I see woman wey I use her songs learn work!!!!! She killed it! She gave me music life! So I got home and next thing my phone rings "waje Lauryn wants to meet u? I ran back like I was going to collect the certificate that validates the school of music life I have been in since, she took my hand and I cried all thru...... I'm so sure I embarrassed her but i had to tell her how grateful I am. Thank you Lauryn for music... Long story short, do your own with diligence and authenticity and you will save lives, inspire people to reach their goals as she inspired many singers and musicians. I'm so honored. Shout out to my sis @jbeautyfull A photo posted by Waje iruobe (@officialwaje) on

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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