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Wyclef Jean (born Nelust Wyclef Jean, 17.10.1972)

Wyclef Jean is best known as a member of the hip-hop band The Fugees and is also an actor and record producer.

Wyclef Jean: Biography

Wyclef Jean was born in Haiti, in Croix-des-Bouquets. His foster father was a pastor and the family moved to Brooklyn New York when Wyclef was nine. They later moved to New Jersey.

Wyclef Jean: Musical Career

The Fugees' debut album Blunted on Reality was released on Ruffhouse Records, to mild critical success and moderate sales. However, it was the follow-up album The Score which really propelled the band to stardom, eventually selling over 17 million copies across the globe.

Wyclef started his own solo career with the release of Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars, in 1997. Commonly known as The Carnival, the album featured a number of guest stars such as Lauryn Hill and Pras as well as Wyclef's siblings, Melky Sedeck and Farel Sedeck Guerschom Jean and the I Threes, Bob Marley's backing vocalists. Two singles from the album, 'We Trying to Stay Alive' (an adaptation of 'Stayin' Alive' by the Bee Gees) and 'Gone Till November' were both hits.

Wyclef's second solo album, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book was released in 2000. This time, his guest stars included Mary J. Blige, Youssou N'Dour, Kenny Rogers and The Rock. His collaboration with Mary J. Blige, '911', was released as a single and Wyclef won the Best Hip-Hop Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Jean released three more albums between 2002 and 2004: Masquerade, The Preacher's Son and Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101). The latter was largely sung in his native Haitian Creole language.

In 2004, Wyclef Jean contributed two songs to movie soundtracks. Firstly, he recorded a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' for The Manchurian Candidate. Secondly, he penned 'Million Voices' for the film Hotel Rwanda.

The Fugees experienced a brief reunion and series of gigs between 2004 and 2006, fuelled by a performance on Dave Chapelle's Block Party. However, it has been reported that the eventual abandonment of any ideas to record a new album were down to Lauryn Hill's attitude toward the group working as a team together again.

Wyclef Jean: Personal Life

Wyclef Jean married Marie Claudinette Pierre-Jean in 1994. Marie is a fashion designer. They have one adopted daughter together, named Angelina Claudinelle. They adopted her when she was three months old.

Wyclef Jean: Humanitarian Endeavours

Wyclef Jean established the Yéle Haiti foundation in 2005. The fund was set up to assist the education of children in Gonaives, after the destruction caused by Hurricane Jeane. In its first year, the foundation provided scholarships to 3,600 children and this figure was almost doubled in its second year. Wyclef's friends Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were in attendance for the first anniversary of the launch.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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Wyclef Jean - Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach centennial concert - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Friday 27th March 2015

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Black November Review


Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata clearly feels passionate about the problems in his country, but despite the presence of Hollywood stars the movie is made in a style that will feel amateurish to Western audiences. Obvious screenwriting is the main problem, ramping up melodrama when political intensity is needed. Essentially, a more organic approach to storytelling, with attention to the characters instead of the themes, would have made this a much more powerful thriller.

After studying in America, 21-year-old Ebiere (Mbong Amata) returns home to her Niger Delta community just in time to witness a horrific oil-company accident in which most of her family perishes. As the most educated person in her village, she rises to a position of leadership among the rebels fighting for fairer treatment from petrol executive Tom (Mickey Rourke) and the corrupt military, which responds with relentless violence, betraying and brutalising the villagers. As she falls for rebel commander Dede (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), Ebiere becomes even more important. And things take a further turn when she's charged with murder after a protest turns fatal. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, desperate Nigerians (including Wyclef Jean and Akon) take Tom hostage along with a local reporter (Kim Basinger) to demand justice for Ebiere's plight.

Writer-director Amata made this film three years ago, then reworked it to add the L.A. sequences in an effort to make Nigeria's struggle feel more current in the context of global activism. This works to an extent, as it stirs the hot topic of terrorism into the mix. But the big action set pieces are directed and edited in a choppy way that feels undercooked. The story of desperate political activism amid heavy-handed corruption is compelling, but it's watered down by some rather soapy interpersonal plot points. Still, the film remains involving, a powerful tale of little guys standing up to forces much bigger than themselves simply in the name of what's right.

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Wyclef Jean - Divine


Wyclef Jean enlists the talent of Avicii on his latest single 'Divine Sorrow', which is set to appear on his forthcoming eighth studio album 'Clefication' due out later this year with a fixed date yet to be confirmed.

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Wyclef Jean - Red Carpet Interview (2014 American Music Awards)


Wyclef Jean shows off his stylish motorcycle outfit in a red carpet interview at the 2014 American Music Awards

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Wyclef Jean - Photographs of a wide variety of stars from the music industry as they attended the American Music Awards 2014 in which were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 23rd November 2014

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Wyclef Jean - Photographs of a wide variety of stars from the music industry as they attended the American Music Awards 2014 in which were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 23rd November 2014

Picture - Wyclef Jean - Photographs of... Los Angeles California United States, Sunday 23rd November 2014

Wyclef Jean - Photographs of a wide variety of stars from the music industry as they attended the American Music Awards 2014 in which were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 23rd November 2014

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