Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101

Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101

by Wyclef Jean


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Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101

Fugees main man Wyclef Jean has been sneaking a Caribbean-based multiculturalism through hip-hop's back door since his posse of Haitian immigrants cracked the rap charts in the mid-'90s. He's also, understandably, become Haiti's favorite son, returning often to pitch in during the island's innumerable political and natural catastrophes. Welcome to Haiti Creole 101 is an album he's been threatening to make for some time. An effort originally to be released abroad only, it contains but one track in English, "President," and one in Spanish; the rest are in French and Kreyol, the creole language of Haiti. While his lyrics may be indecipherable to English speakers, the musical modus is not. It's the same old Clef game, rife with guest stars, including Foxy Brown, Buju Banton, and the French rap star Passi; covers (this time, "La Bamba"); acoustic guitars; and ersatz Bob Marleyisms. The album comes at an ambivalent time for both Wyclef and his countrymen. Haitians around the world celebrate the 200th anniversary of the island's independence; the birthday of the world's first free black republic. At the same time, civil unrest is at its peak as political corruption and the wrath of two hurricanes continue to test the country's meager resources. Likewise, Wyclef has floundered about, increasingly out of step with provincial hip-hop thuggery. Welcome is a neat exit from the game. (Not without a parting shot: "Tell the children the truth," he raps, "Not all that bling is diamond / Most of y'all wear cubic zirconium.") Wyclef stretches hip-hop so far that it's very nearly something else -- little separates this album from a particularly progressive zouk disc. But the synthesis of heritage, hip-hop, and history -- and a lack of the maddeningly creative rapper's increasingly desperate ghetto histrionics -- make for the most satisfying Clef record since The Carnival.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2004
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923578321
catalogNumber: 5783
Rank: 126679

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wyclef Jean   Primary Artist
Robert Aaron   Keyboards,Saxophone
Daniel Beaubrun   Vocals
Fabrice Rouzier   Drums
Sidney Mills   Keyboards
André Dejean   Trumpet
T-Vice   Guitar,Keyboards
Melky Jean   Background Vocals
LaTavia Parker   Vocals
Clement "Keke" Belizaire   Guitar
Eddy Brisseaux   Trumpet
Katia Cadet   Vocals
Georges Loubert Chancy   Saxophone
Adonna Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

Nicky Chinn   Composer
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
Darren Moore   Engineer
Reynaldo Martinez   Composer
Inga Marchand   Composer
T-Vice   Producer
NDoffene MBodji   Engineer
John Pirretti   Engineer
Evan Rossiter   Engineer
Renel Duplessis   Producer
Sedeck   Producer
Chip Karpells   Engineer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Ayodeji Adeife   Engineer
Shareif Ziyadat   Cover Illustration
Christy Campbell   Composer

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Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just happened across this album and after listening to track samples, had to buy it. Now that I have it, I can easily say it is one of the BEST albums out of the thousands I own. In my opinion, a perfect album. A fantastic mix of sounds and every song is excellent so you are just raised up and thrilled with every track. A mix of carribean, latin, dancehall, hip-hop, reggaeton... AWESOME. I am now a huge Wyclef Jean fan and am so happy he made this album. BUY it and you WILL LOVE IT! I can't even take it out of my cd player!