Twenty years after the release of Lauren Hill's debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour heads to South Africa in 2019 on its journey around the world.
After many stops in the U.S.A, the world tour will hit 15 venues around Europe before landing at Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome on February 2nd, and finally concluding in Australia and New Zealand.
The much-anticipated tour will feature guest artists Dave Chappelle, M.I.A., Santigold, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Big Boi, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli and Shabazz Palaces in various cities. But it is confirmed that Queens rapper Nas will be joining Ms. Hill in South Africa.
Lauryn Hill is widely regarded as an icon in hip hop and neo soul as a member of the influential hip hop trio, the Fugees. The band’s Grammy Award-winning album The Score was certified six times platinum in sales in 1997, and is regarded one of the greatest hip hop records of all time.
Following the split of the band later that year, Hill went on to record her first and only solo studio album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998, to critical acclaim. The album went on to sell over 19 million copies worldwide, earning her five Grammy wins in 1999, including Album of the Year—the first hip hop album to ever do so.
In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the record at number 314 in the magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Three years later, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the American Library of Congress and was selected for inclusion in the country’s National Recording Registry.
Of the album and tour, she states: “This album chronicled an intimate piece of my young existence. It was the summation of most, if not all, of my most hopeful and positive emotions experienced to that date. I loved and believed deeply in my community's ability to both love and heal itself provided it received the right amount of support and encouragement. Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression. I hope the love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with love and optimism at the helm.”
Tickets go on sale on September 7th via the Big Concerts website.