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Wyclef to Replace Lauryn Hill at Montreux Jazz Festival

Multiplatinum rapper/singer Wyclef Jean has reportedly been chosen to replace former Fugee Lauryn Hill at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July, after Hill canceled her entire European tour due to “health concerns.”

Wyclef will only be replacing his former groupmate at Montreux, though Hill had dates in Sweden, Greece, Holland, Austria, Poland and Italy.

Organizers for the legendary event noted that Clef’s appearance on July 11 at the Stravinski Auditorium in Geneva, Switzerland will be his only European performance for the summer.

“Wyclef has broken down the barriers of hip-hop and infused his music with the sounds of reggae, rock and folk,” the organizers of the jazz festival said. “His new album, which features Akon and T.I., is set for release this autumn and we can expect many of the songs to be debuted on July 11th. He and his group are traveling specially from the United States for what will be his only European date this summer, after having refused several other offers from various festivals.”

The festival runs from July 3-18, along Lake Geneva, and features over 1,000 musicians from the Black Eyed Peas and Chaka Khan to Herbie Hancock, BB King and Steely Dan.

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