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Contact: St. Lucia Tourist Board

Castries, Wednesday, March 06, 2002 -- The St. Lucia Tourist Board today unveiled the complete line-up for this year’s St. Lucia jazz Festival. Hip-Hop/R&B superstar, Lauryn Hill will close the show at Pigeon Island on the Saturday.

Lauryn Hill rose to fame as a member of famed rap group the Fugees, a hip-hop trio comprising Hill and rappers Pras and Wyclef Jean.

After giving birth to a son by Rohan Marley, Hill began work on her self-produced debut album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. The album, which was released in September 1998, went straight in at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, eventually making Hill the first female solo artist to sell more than 400,000 units in the first week of release.

The album proved to be a worldwide bestseller, debuting at number 2 in the UK album chart in October. Although it featured some stellar guest appearances from artists including Mary J. Blige (on "I Used To Love Him") and D'Angelo ("Nothing Even Matters"), the album was dominated by Hill's singular presence. The lead-off singles, "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (US number 1/UK number 3) and "Ex-Factor" (US number 22/UK number 4), showcased her winning blend of soulful vocals and hip-hop rhythms, while on "Forgive Them Father" she explored a roots reggae direction.

Hill set a new record for a female artist at the 1999 Grammies, walking away with five awards (Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album).

According to Director of Tourism Hilary Modeste, the Tourist Board is extremely pleased with this addition to the line-up, adding that patrons to this year’s festival are in for a real treat, as Hill will be performing songs from her new double MTV Unplugged album which is scheduled for release this spring. The new album features 12 new songs, including So Much Things to Say, The Conquering Lion and I Find it Hard To Say (Rebel), which she wrote after hearing that New York City police officers shot and killed unarmed citizen Amadou Diallo.

For additional information about the 2002 St. Lucia Jazz Festival, log on to or call the Jazz Shop at 451 8566.

Sponsors of this year’s St. Lucia Jazz Festival include: Presenting Sponsor - BET Jazz - The Cable Jazz Channel. Gold Sponsors - Air Jamaica, Cable and Wireless (St. Lucia) Ltd., Helen Television System, JAZZIZ Magazine, J and R Music World, Rex Resorts, The Wave. Silver sponsors - Amerijet, Benson and Hedges, Heineken, Helen FM-100, Steinway and Sons. Bronze Sponsors - Avis Car Rental Company, Bank of St. Lucia, Caribbean Star, Guy’s Car Rental Company, Monplaisir Trucking, Nescafé, Paradise Springs, Radio Caribbean International, Shell Antilles and Guianas Ltd. and Tropical Shipping.


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