*Reclusive artist Lauryn Hill, who has been off the scene for nearly three years, turned up Saturday (Jan. 23) for a surprise performance at the Raggamuffin music festival in New Zealand. (Watch clip below.)
The singer-songwriter sang “Doo Wop (That Thing)” from her Grammy-winning album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” according to a YouTube video of her appearance.
In mid-2008, a source at Hill’s label told Billboard that she was “on haitus” after a string of poor live performances and an onstage meltdown in New Orleans left fans demanding refunds. Hill also scheduled festival appearances in November 2008 and April 2009, but later cancelled for what were said to be “personal reasons.”
Joining Hill at the Raggamuffin fest were Sean Kingston, Shaggy and Julian Marley, but not her fellow Fugee member Wyclef Jean, who couldn’t attend due to his relief efforts in Haiti but promised fans he’d be back to perform next year.