Lauryn Hill was forced to pull out of a recent gig in Lagos, Nigeria after, the singer says, the show’s promoter let her and her crew down by not taking care of the necessary travel arrangements.
Addressing the situation in a video posted to Facebook, Hill partially explained why she hadn’t made the concert, apologised to her Nigerian fans, and assured them she’d be there to perform at a later date before signing off with an acoustic rendition of her hit ‘Doo-Wop (That Thing)’ with backing provided by members of her family.
“Hello, Lagos. Listen, we’re very sorry we couldn’t be there with you tonight,” she said. “We were at the airport for seven hours yesterday, trying to get to you. But we’re gonna make it there, we’re gonna get there. We wish everyone a wonderful evening, and we’re gonna leave you with this.”
Hill also posted the following message to her official website alongside a photograph of her team snapped at the airport: “Hello Lagos, Nigeria! We are disappointed to report that we will not be performing at tonight’s concert. From our end, we did everything we were supposed to do, including waiting at the airport for many hours, ready to fly out and share the evening with you. Unfortunately, after much effort, the promoter was not able to get all of our travel arrangements taken care of. This prevented us from being able to fly into Nigeria in time to make the concert. We were all very excited to come, and very disappointed that we couldn’t make this one. HOWEVER, we are working to reschedule our appearance ASAP. From what we’ve been told, the promoter intends to honor all tickets sold. Our best to and for Lagos. Love and Blessings!”
The 39-year-old former Fugees member hasn’t released a studio album since 1998 and, in recent years, has become known as something of an erratic live performer. Her series of shows in London last September, for example, were met with harsh Twitter criticism. Following an appearance at the O2 Academy Brixton on September 20, Hill began to trend on the social network after attendees complained that she was an hour and a half late onstage and that the re-vamped versions her of classic songs were nearly unrecognisable from the original versions.
“Think I’ve just witnessed the worst version of ‘Everything is everything’ by #LaurynHill by Lauryn Hill,” posted Leo Fedorcio. “Tonight’s #LaurynHill gig was one of the most confusing experiences of my life.”