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Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 (828766316025)

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 828766316025

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    Canadian edition.
    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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