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Wyclef Jean

  • Although his birth date was widely given as October 17, 1972, papers filed for his run as a candidate for the presidency of Haiti, disclosed that he was, in fact, born in 1969. Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the son of a Nazarene pastor, in 1982 Wyclef moved with his family to northern New Jersey. Jean has cited reggae artist Bigga Haitian as one of his early influences, as well as neighborhood heroes MC Tiger Paw Raw and producer Lobster v. Crab. Jean graduated from Vailsburg High School, Newark, New Jersey, briefly attended Eastern Nazarene College and finished one semester at Five Towns College in New York. Jean has been a resident of Saddle River, South Orange, and North Caldwell, New Jersey. In 2009, Jean enrolled in the Berklee College of Music.
  • In 1994, he married Fusha designer Marie Claudinette. In 2005, they adopted their daughter, Angelina Claudinelle Jean. The couple renewed their vows in August 2009.
    His uncle – political activist, journalist and diplomat Raymond Alcide Joseph – has been the Haitian ambassador to the United States since 2005, and came to prominence as a spokesman for his country after the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake. Together with Wyclef, he issued an appeal for international aid.
  • On March 19, 2011, Jean claimed that he was shot in the palm of his right hand in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The police reported otherwise saying that Wyclef was not wounded by a bullet but was cut by glass. Police Chief Vanel Lacroix said "we met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass
  • Wyclef Jean is Haiti's roving ambassador.
    Wyclef considers Bob Dylan and John Lennon to be two of his musical influences, despite the fact neither of them don't have much to do with rap.
    Wyclef dated ex-Fugees bandmate, Lauryn Hill.
    Wyclef's wife, Marie Claudinette Pierre Jean, is an Haitian-American fashion designer. She runs her own label, Fusha Designs, and Wyclef himself wears her designs all the time.
    in 2000, Wyclef has founded his own record company, entitled Yclef.
    Jean's father, an Haitian minister, died in 2001 in a home accident. Wyclef has contributed the song Daddy (album Masquerade) for him.
    Wyclef is especially known for his duet with May J-Blige, 911, a song that was a hit all around the world and was even nominated for a Grammy Award.
    Jean joined a rap group back in 1987, with his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras), and Michel's classmate Lauryn Hill. First, they were the Tranzlator Crew, and then the Fugees (refugess, Haiti slang).
    Wyclef is known for collaborating with artists all around the world: Shakira (Colombia), Sarah Connor (Germany), Tarkan (Turkey), and Jin (Chinese-American rapper).
    Wyclef was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his song Million Voices (movie Hotel Rwanda soundtrack).
    Wyclef's 5th album, Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haïti (Creole 101), was mostly recorded in his origin language, Haïtian Kréyòl, as a return to his roots.
    Wyclef has also took part in the Fashion Relief, the contribution performance after the Hurricane Katrina, in Sep 16, 2005.
    Wyclef is 5' 10.5" (1.79 m).
    Wyclef has created the Yéle Haïti, an help orgazation for his origin country, currently one of the poorest countries in the world.
    Wyclef has also joined forces with the female voice behind the band City High - Claudette Ortiz, in the song Two Wrongs.
    Wyclef is co-operating with Latin singer Shakira on the hit Hips Don't Lie, which is a great success on charts.
    He appeared on Season 5 of The Apprentice in 2005. He did a rap, "Rubbleman", with the winning team, Excel, as their reward for winning task five.
    Wyclef, Pras, and Lauryn Hill reunited as The Fugees for an event that was filmed and released as "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" (2006).
    Wyclef has married Marie Claudinette Jean in 1994. Their daughter is Angelina Claudinelle, and they have also adopted a girl in March 2005.

 

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