Cheo Tyehimba
October 22, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Wyclef Jean
Producers
Koch, Sak Pase

We gave it an A-

Sooner or later, every artist has gotta do it: throw caution (and record sales) to the wind and drop an album for his peeps. Luckily for Wyclef Jean, this tribute CD, performed almost entirely in his mother tongue of Haitian Creole, delivers. The sometime Fugee reinvents (a Creole ”La Bamba”), rabble-rouses (the incendiary ”President”), and represents (”Lavi New York”). The result is that Welcome to Haiti is an infectious reverie of sweet guitar licks, enchanting synths, and cannon beats. Listen and try to sit still.

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