Rabat, Morocco/March 31st, 2016 – For his second appearance in Morocco, the Maroc Cultures Association is pleased to welcome one of the biggest stars of contemporary music, Wyclef Jean. Essential actor of world hip-hop and long time activist, the Haitian artist embodies values of openness and multicultural consciousness defended by Mawazine since its creation.
Jean Wyclef sold more albums- with the Fugees, in solo, and with his creations for artists from the whole world- than anyone could ever dream of. He has enough hits in his discography to keep audiences on the hook for hours. His concert already promises to make Mawazine history!
Jean Wyclef’s music he wrote and produced- simultaneously as solo superstar and as founder and leader of the Fugees- is, since two decades, a unique source of inspiration in the music world. Indeed this is the case since 1996, year during which the Fugees released album, The Score, today six times certified platinum. Recorded in the cave of Wyclef’s uncle, in New Jersey, the record was on top of the charts and at the origin of a series of planetary successful singles, including indelible cover of the ballade “Killing Me Softly.”
Following this work of art, child prodigy Wyclef, endowed with extensive influences, going from jazz to rock, passing by classical and reggae, knew how to renew his style and remain at the top throughout his career as a solo artist and producer, whose work attracted an array of celebrities come from the universes of pop, country, folk, disco, Latino, and electro.
In 2006, ten years after The Score, the single “Hips Don’t Lie” recorded with Shakira, confirms Wyclef’s place at the top. The blockbuster is ranked number one in over 20 countries, including the United States, crowning an almost unprecedented musical career in modern history. After revolutionizing the sound of hip-hop in the 1990s, Jean Wyclef began his career as a producer for other renowned artists, from Whitney Houston to Cypress Hill, passing by Santana for whom he produced epic “Maria Maria,” ranked number one upon its release.
Hereafter, Wyclef was awarded for his creativity and adventurous spirit with three Grammy Awards in addition to the Rolling Stone Magazine, who ranked him among its 50 greatest hip-hop artists of all time. Wyclef is also one of the rare to have collaborated with as many legends, of which Michael Jackson, Queen, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, Tom Jones… he also knew how to keep an attentive ear out to new talents by particularly contributing to launching Beyoncé with single “No, No, No” by Destiny’s Child.
However, Wyclef also knew how to build an incredible career as a solo songwriter. With six albums to his credit, whose accumulated sales exceed ten million copies, the musician began writing his owns songs since 1997 and a first solo album Wyclef Presents the Carnival featuring the Refugee All Stars, with tracks “Gone Till November” and “We’re Trying To Stay Alive,” on which Wyclef samples the famous “Ah ha ha ha stayin’ alive” by the Bee Gees, a worldwide hit. In 2000, Wyclef released a new album, Ecleftic, and released in 2002 a third record, Masquerade, on which we can find hit “911” in duo with Mary J. Blige.
In 2003, we find Wyclef on the shelves with The Preacher’s Son and a best of. In 2005, Wyclef hits the headlines once again with an album written as a tribute to his father. With his album Welcome to Haïti-Creole 101, Wyclef comes back to the source with finesse and shows through his music the fervor of his commitment to the Haïtian cause. In addition to being a musician, producer, author, and composer, Wyclef is also a committed philanthropist among his Haïtian compatriots through the Wyclef Jean Foundation which supports and finances social and humanitarian projects.
Even after such an accomplished career, Wyclef has not abandoned his taste for sonorous journeys. Soon on the shelves, his new album, Clefication, features Afrojack, Emeli Sandé, and award-winning Avicci!