Fresh off this summer's R&B- and hip-hop-heavy Smokin' Grooves tour, Fugees rapper
Wyclef Jean and his Refugee All-Stars are resuming their North American tour, this time
at colleges and other venues around the East Coast.
The tour continues Friday (Oct. 2), after six earlier shows, with a stop at Appalachian
State University in Boone, N.C., and closes out a week later Oct. 9 at the State University
of New York campus in Albany, N.Y.
Over the past year, Wyclef has been touring with a Refugee All-Stars lineup of rapper
Canibus, Fugees member Pras, beat-programmer/rapper John Forte and a band
comprising a DJ, a drummer and a bassist. Wyclef and the All-Stars kicked off the year
with a club tour and then graduated to this summer's all-star Smokin' Grooves tour,
during which they briefly incorporated R&B singer Mya into the act so Pras could perform
his current hit,
HREF="http://www.addict.com/music/Pras_Michel_with_Ol_Dirty_Bastard_and_Mya/Ghe tto_Supastar.ram">"Ghetto Supastar"
tto_Supastar.ram">"Ghetto Supastar"(RealAudio excerpt), on which Mya sings.
The lineup this time around includes only the band, Wyclef, Pras and John Forte. A
representative for Group Home, Canibus' label, confirmed that Canibus would not be
joining Wyclef for this tour.
The brief, 12-date tour began Sept. 25 with a stop at the Jorgensen Auditorium in Stoors,
Conn., before hitting venues in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Florida and South
Even without Canibus, Wyclef will probably continue to live up to his reputation for
exciting live performances, according to his Smokin' Grooves tourmate Sen Dog of
ganja-rappers Cypress Hill. "He's very different," Sen Dog said. "He has the will to be
weird. If he wants to play his guitar onstage, f--- it, whatever he wants to do onstage."
As someone who had an entire summer to catch Wyclef's stage act, Sen Dog said he
might not be the biggest fan of Wyclef's work but he still loves his live show.
"Whatever he does seems to be very different from whatever everybody else is doing,"
Sen Dog added.
Wyclef Jean and the Refugee All-Stars Tour Dates:
Oct. 2; Boone, N.C., Appalachian State University
Oct. 3; Winston-Salem, N.C., Lawrence Joel Coliseum
Oct. 4; Norfolk, Va., Old Dominion University
Oct. 7; Bloomsburg, Pa., Bloomsburg University
Oct. 8; Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University
Oct. 9; Albany, N.Y., SUNY/Albany