Hill Debuts New Tracks At Marley Concert

Africa Unite to continue as annual event.

Lauryn Hill last night (Feb. 6) unveiled three new songs from her long-awaited studio album during a concert in Ethiopia to celebrate Bob Marley's 60th birthday.

Apart from an acoustic MTV Unplugged album, Hill's album due later this year will be her first since 1998's Grammy-winning "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (Ruffhouse).

Hill, who is married to Rohan Marley, one of the sons of the late reggae star, made an unannounced appearance accompanied only by an acoustic guitar.

The Africa Unite concert was staged in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in front of an estimated non-paying audience of more than 300,000. Hill indicated that her forthcoming album would have a strong spiritual and political slant. It will include the song "Walk," which deals with the oppression of African people.

Also on the "Africa Unite" line-up were five of Marley's sons: Ziggy, Stephen, Damian, Julian and Kymani. The singer's widow, Rita Marley, and his 78-year-old mother, Cedilla Booker, also performed.

After the concert, the Bob Marley Foundation announced that it intends to continue the event on an annual basis to be held in a different African country each year, before returning to Ethiopia in 2015 for Marley's 70th birthday.

The concert was held in Mascoll Square, on what would have been Marley's 60th birthday. The singer died of cancer on May 11, 1981.