Wyclef Jean And Refugee All-Stars On Back-To-College Tour

Fugees rapper continues his traveling Carnival, without his protégé Canibus this time around.

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,


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