Wyclef Jean

Biography

 

Wycleff Jean, born in Croix-des-Bouquets on October 17, 1972, is known as singer, guitar player, and music producer. Wycleff was only 9 years old when he migrated to Brooklyn, New York. Thereafter, the family moved to the Northern part of New Jersey. In this new environment, he started to play the guitar and was exposed to Jazz for the first time. At 14, he was shot. This horrible experience brought new meanings to his existence and allowed him to approach life in a more pragmatic way. Approximately a year after the incident, with his friend Prakazrel Michel and classmate Lauryn Hill, Wycleff co-founded the Tranzlator crew which later was renamed: The Fugees.

Despite their best efforts The Fugees first album sold poorly. With a renewed sense of self and sheer perseverance, Wycleff, Pras and Lauryn released "The score". With more than 17 million copies sold to date, the trio gained international fame. In 1997, he embarked in a solo career, and released the critically acclaimed "Carnival". Wycleff's ensuing production was "The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book", Recorded with guest superstars Yousou N'Dour, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kenny Rogers and Mary J. Blige. Wycleff following albums "Masquerade", "Preacher's song "and "Sak Pase Presents, Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101)" were all well received by domestic and international audiences. The " Sak Pase" album was for a great part in creole and was his way of globalize his native language and export Haitian history.

Wycleff wrote and produced two songs in the Jonathan Demme's 2003 Documentary, the "Agronomist". This documentary depicts the life of Jean Dominique, a provocative journalist who spent his life fighting for the masses and was massacred in 2000. As an artist, we have seen him perform at the illustrious Carnegie Hall, a rarity for Hip Hop artists, MTV,on documentaries, and films, but performing in the Soccer world Cup 2006 was for many the most memorable moment of his career.

Source: Haitian / American Sports and Education Network