Geweldige, inspirerende Caribische crossover produktie van ex-Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean met een ode aan zijn geboorteland Haïti. Mix van hip-hop, dancehall, latin/salsa en natuurlijk compas. Uit 2004 ter gelegenheid van 200 jaar onafhankelijkheid Haïti, 71 minuten speelduur
2010 Antilliaanse Feesten artiest
Personnel include: Wyclef Jean (vocals); Foxy Brown (rap vocals); Faze, Buggah, Admiral T (various instruments); Gammy, Ro-K (saxophone, keyboards); Melky, Sweet Mickey, T-Vice, 2 Face, Sound Sultan, Bud, Buju Banton.
Wyclef Jean's musical tribute to his native Haiti is the mix of R&B, soca, hip-hop, and reggae you'd expect from this eclectic artist. Most of the songs are also sung in Creole, a notable exception being the hypnotic "President," with its macabre nursery-rhyme refrain "If I was president, I'd get elected on Friday, assassinated on Saturday, buried on Sunday, back to work on Monday," a neat confluence of Haitian magic and American political realism. The tranquil "Douce," with its sultry backing vocals, is a slow-burner, while the celebratory "Fistibal-Festival" is perhaps the most typically Caribbean of the tracks on offer here. But Jean's political message and his dance-floor aspirations find their smoothest blend on upbeat dance tracks "Fanm Kreyol" and "Haitian Mafia" (which features Foxy Brown), offering irresistible beats and rapid-fire Creole exhortations that bypass the synapses and go straight for the hips.
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. Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 is an amazing album and one that deserves acclaim. It's all the more testament to Wyclef's wayward genius.
1. Jean Domnique Intro
3. 24 e Tan Pou Viv
4. Bicentennial (feat. Sweet Mickey)
5. Generation X
6. Party By the Sea (Featuring T Vice & Buju Banton)
7. Haitian Mafia (Featuring Foxy Brown)
8. Le Ou Marye
9. Fistibal Festival (Featuring Melky & Bud)
10. La Bamba (Featuring Ro-K & Gammy)
11. Bay Microm Volume
12. Proud to Be African (Featuring 2face, Sound Sultan & Faze)
14. La Vie Ghetto (French) (Featuring Passi)
15. Nou Va Rive
17. Marasa (Featuring Dadi)