So maybe we’re not the biggest jazz experts, but upon hearing Grammy Award-winning singer, rapper, actress, and all-around kickass artist Lauryn Hill was one of a thousand musicians booked for the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, perhaps it’s time we start devoting greater attention to the genre.
First, a refresher: Born in New Jersey, Hill is probably best known for her work with The Fugees and their remake of Killing Me Softly with His Song in 1996. Ok, so maybe that’s an understatement, but what is true is since then, she’s dabbled in all sorts of creative avenues, including writing a screenplay about Bob Marley and even acting; however, aside from a short-lived comeback with The Fugees in the mid-2000s, Hill has all but remained out of the public eye. Well, that is if you don’t count her most recent public appearance, when a photographer caught her hanging out with Martha Stewart in 2008.
But luckily for us, Hill does look to indeed be making a full-fledged comeback. The 33-year-old is currently scheduled to take part in a Nina Simone tribute concert during the 43rd annual Montreux Jazz Festival; according to Reuters, Hill will play the Stravinsky Auditorium on July 11th after a tribute to Nina Simone, which features Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo.
Of course, if you believe husband(?) Rohan Marley, this may only be the first of what could be a busy next couple of months for Hill. Speaking about his wife(?) back in August, Marley had the following to say:
She writes music in the bathroom, on toilet paper, on the wall, said Rohan Marley, the father of Hills five children. She writes it in the mirror if the mirror smokes up. She writes constantly. This woman does not sleep.