lauryn_hill.jpgNEW ORLEANS (AP) – In a rare appearance, Lauryn Hill commanded a stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as thousands of spectators looked on – some pleased by her performance, others not so much.

Hill debuted Saturday at the festival, pumping up the crowd with hits such as "Everything is Everything," "Ex-Factor," "The Sweetest Thing," and "Lost Ones," before moving into a segment spotlighting Bob Marley's "Wait in Vain" and "Is this Love."

Angelique Dyer, of New Orleans, described herself as a fan and said Hill's performance was well worth the wait.

But another self-described fan, Melanie Bienemy, also of New Orleans, said she was disappointed that Hill's set focused so much on rap and not enough on her vocal skills.

Photo above:  Lauryn Hill