CD Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 [099923578321] (CD 606464),
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Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 [099923578321]

  • 1. Jean Dominique Intro
    2. 24 E Tan Pou Viv
    3. President
    4. Bicentennial - (featuring 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 Rok/Gammy)
    11. Bay Micro'm Volume
    12. Proud to Be African - (featuring 2 Face/Sound Sultan/Faze)
    13. Douce
    14. Lavi New York - (featuring Buggah)
    15. Fanm Kreyol - (featuring Admiral T)
    16. Nou Va Rive
    17. Untitled - (Hidden Track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5783

  • Credits
    ProducerWyclef Jean; Jerry Duplessis; T-Vice

    Includes an untitled hidden track on track #17.
    Personnel: Wyclef Jean (vocals); Foxy Brown (rap vocals); Faze, Buggah, Admiral T (various instruments); Gammy, Rok (saxophone, keyboards); 2 Face, Melky, Sweet Mickey, T-Vice, Sound Sultan, B.U.D., 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.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]his low-key independent release is a strident declaration of his love for his birthplace....[It] alternates celebration with introspection....A provocative treat."
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