Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 [BMG Canada]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Stepping aside from the major-label playing field for a moment, the ever-unpredictable Wyclef Jean indulges in his Caribbean heritage on Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101, an essentially noncommercial album released on the down-low by Sak Pasé Records in late 2004. The full-length effort is a whirlwind musical journey through Caribbean music styles, as written and produced by Wyclef and right-hand man Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis. Sure, Wyclef has always shown an affinity for Caribbean music, but he's always fused it with his other affinities, namely hip-hop and pop
ock. Not so here: this a full-fledged Caribbean album that careens from style ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Stepping aside from the major-label playing field for a moment, the ever-unpredictable Wyclef Jean indulges in his Caribbean heritage on Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101, an essentially noncommercial album released on the down-low by Sak Pasé Records in late 2004. The full-length effort is a whirlwind musical journey through Caribbean music styles, as written and produced by Wyclef and right-hand man Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis. Sure, Wyclef has always shown an affinity for Caribbean music, but he's always fused it with his other affinities, namely hip-hop and pop
ock. Not so here: this a full-fledged Caribbean album that careens from style to style -- within the course of a single song, more often than not! -- showcasing glints of everything from reggaeton to cumbia without ever succumbing on the confines of a single style. It's really an amazing listen, especially if you're at all attracted to Caribbean music. Rarely if ever does the music feel by-the-numbers, and Wyclef maneuvers through his musical tapestry with astonishing ease, even switching from English language to Creole whenever he so feels the need. In fact, you could argue that this is the most natural-sounding Wyclef album to date since nothing is forced i.e., no forceful fusions of, say, hip-hop and pop à la Wyclef's notorious pop-rap interpolations. Then again, anyone who favors the hip-hop side of Wyclef -- or, more broadly speaking, his commercial side -- is going to find little to grasp onto here. "President" stands out as the album's obvious crossover attempt, and while it's a really great song that is among Wyclef's best and most heartfelt, it's unrepresentative of the remainder of the album, very little of which could ever find its way onto any commercial radio format in America. That's how freewheeling this album is -- it's so freewheeling that Wyclef's major-label affiliate, J Records, let this one pass by. The audience for an album like this is quite small, no doubt: of Wyclef's fan base, only those who enjoy him at his most creative or most Caribbean should consider this release. There are definitely no "Gone Till November"s here. That said, Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 is nonetheless an amazing album and one that deserves acclaim. It's all the more testament to Wyclef's wayward genius. [The Canadian edition was released by BMG a few months before Koch released the U.S. edition. The track listings differ slightly, and you might consider this Canadian edition if you're especially interested in this album because it features French versions of three of the album's best songs: "Fistibal-Festival," "La Vie Ghetto," and "24 Heures à Vivre." On the other hand, it lacks the remix of "President" featured on the stateside edition.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 828766316025
  • Catalog Number: 6631060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jean Dominique Intro (1:08)
  2. 2 24 É Tan Pou Viv (4:06)
  3. 3 Fistibal-Festival (4:28)
  4. 4 Party by the Sea - T-Vice (3:51)
  5. 5 Le Ou Marye (5:30)
  6. 6 Generation X (4:39)
  7. 7 La Bamba (4:00)
  8. 8 Pistach (4:10)
  9. 9 Marasa - Dadi (5:13)
  10. 10 Haitian Mafia (4:07)
  11. 11 Lavi New York (4:18)
  12. 12 Bay Micro'm Volume (5:21)
  13. 13 Fanm Kreyol (3:58)
  14. 14 Nou Va Rive (4:29)
  15. 15 President (3:35)
  16. 16 Fistibal-Festival - Passi (4:29)
  17. 17 La Vie Ghetto - Passi (3:57)
  18. 18 24 Heures À Vivre (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wyclef Jean Primary Artist
Daniel Beaubrun Vocals
Sidney Mills Keyboards
André Dejean Trumpet
T-Vice Guitar, Keyboards
Sedeck Jean Vocals
Clement "Keke" Belizaire Guitar
Eddy Brisseaux Trumpet
Katia Cadet Vocals
Adonna Williams Vocals
Technical Credits
Daniel Beaubrun Producer
Mark Myrie Composer
Fabrice Rouzier Producer
Ritchie Valens Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Andy Grassi Engineer
Kevin Myers Engineer
Wyclef Jean Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Roberto Juan Martínez Composer
Joe Yannece Mastering
Darren Moore Engineer
Reynaldo Martinez Composer
Inga Marchand Composer
Evan Rossiter Engineer
Sedeck Jean Producer
Chip Karpells Engineer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai Engineer
Christy Campbell Composer
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