We had the pleasure of attending Ms. Lauryn Hill’s live show at London’s Brooklyn Bowl, 29 September.
Her dedication to her her art form was epitomised in the infallible energy and finesse emanating from the stage. The masterful execution of her performance coupled with the myriad of negative press surrounding her creative hiatus made us think of challenges faced by all creative entrepreneurs of staying true to their art whilst balancing the demands of staying commercially viable.
For us there was a lesson here in need for authenticity in creative endeavour to sustain its value. Despite not releasing new material for over a decade, the richness of her creative output still remains more than sufficient to satiate a legion of loyal fans. In exchange, there is no doubt her supporters will continue to rally to be inspired by and sustain her future creative endeavours commercially. Take a look a Talib Kweli’s must-read essay in defence of Ms. Hill here.