Discography

Kouraj

Wesli has acquired strong skills and knowledge through these experiences and his debut album, Kouraj (2009), “deals head-on with the struggles of everyday life, including the dire situation in his homeland (extreme poverty, kidnappings, the environment...); but, equally, he stresses the importance of reaching for higher ground [...] The majority of the songs are sung in brilliant Creole and French, with one English cut, “Na wé yo”, that speaks out about the forgotten people of Africa. African instruments (Cora, Balaphone, Calabash, Talking drum), Haitian drums (Manman tambou, Segon, Kata) and stellar guitar and sax solos drive a highly compelling recording.

 

1. Pochette de l'album Kouraj de Wesli

2. Wandjalé

3. Sa Yo Fè

4. Doudou

5. Nèg Makaya (Nu Groov)

6. Manzè

7. Zilé (feat. Steeve Khé)

8. Blackman

9. La Vi Dròl

10. Kouraj

11. Kolonizasiyon

12. Na Wè Yo

13. Ghetto

14. Emmène-moi

15. Mizik Saa

Liberté Dans le Noir

In his second album Wesli reaffirms the Montreal-Haiti connection and demonstrates his great attraction through collaborations notably with Radio Radio, Mes Aieux and Tiken Jah Fakoly.

 

1. Pochette de l'album Liberté Dans le Noir de Wesli

2. Colonisation avec Tiken Jah Fakholy

3. Ça fait mal

4. Waya waya

5. Danse baila danse

6. Liberté dans le noir

7. Bel ti fanm kréyol

8. Sous Le Soleil

9. Peace

10. EveryDay

11. Ça fait Mal

12. Laibonit

13. Ou Dim

14. Bye Bye Daome

15. 3 Féy

16. Lanmou Nou

17. Tchentchen

18. Mama Africa

19. Immigrand

Immigrand

1. Intro

2. Konsa (feat. Lou Piensa de Nomadic Massive)

3. The Only One

4. Pa ka ri

5. ImmiGrand

6. L’amiral Skarawak

7. Rara Kalito (feat. Radio Radio)

8. J’ai grandi dans un ghetto (feat. Dramatik)

9. On regarde

10. Jouer le jeu

11. Moris Dezo (feat. Vox Sambou)

12. Eya Hé

13. Jah Love

14. Ret tann pou tann tounen pwa tann

15. Ou dim (feat. Mamselle Ruiz)

16. Bèl ti fanm kreyòl (feat. BélO et BIC)

17. Bann mwen (feat. Socalled)

18. Jistis Set Me Free (feat. Nomadic Massive)

19. Nago

20. Ayiti étoile nouvelle

Ayiti étoile nouvelle

Wesli's 4th album was launched in Febraury 2015, at the same time as his 3rd.

 

1. Rara

2. Latibonit

3. Ile

4. Mama Africa

5. Sonje

6. Mon Konpè

7. La Pèsòn (feat. Toto Laraque)

8. Eya Hé

9. Kote Nou Ye

10. Ça fait mal

11. 3 Fèy

12. Mizik Saa

13. La Vi dwol

14. Manzè

Immigrand Deluxe

1. Rara

2. Lantibonit

3. Kote Nou Ye

4. Mama Afrika

5. Sonjé

6. Eye Hé

7. Ca Fait Mal

8. Mon Konpé

9. 3 Fèy (feat. Boogat)

10. Ile

11. Peyizan Yo

12. Manzé

13. La Péson (feat. Toto Laraque)

14. La VI Dwol

15. J’ai Grandi dans le Ghetto (feat. Mikaben)

16. The Only One

17. Né Sous Le Soleil

18. Danse Baila Danse (feat. Stéphane Archambault

19. Mizik Saa

20. Colonisation(feat. Tiken Jah Fakoly)

Bio

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli (Wesley Louissaint) built his first guitar out of an old NGO- provided oil can and nylon shoe lace when he was just eight years old. Coming from a family of 8 children where music was a daily food for the soul, it became second nature to him, a unique and vital way out of the violence and misery found in the surrounding ghetto. Wesli’s musical journey started in the gospel choir of his local church and then he adopted the guitar as his main instrument.

 

Wesli and his guitar

Ever since, Wesli has worked relentlessly, perfecting his art, his only hope for a better life. Very early, he took part in serious projects such as the afro-roots Jazz 4ever quartet and SoKute. He performed in many of Haiti’s concert halls and traveled abroad with Kreyol Mizik company. In his teens, Wesli produced and recorded the album Horizon with SoKute. Their soul music gathered wide success and even made them famous outside Haiti.

 

The release of his second album, Liberté dans le noir, in December 2011, has confirmed those affirmations. The 17 tracks feature duos with many major bands and artists: the great Tiken Jah Fakoly, Mes Aieux, Radio Radio, Paul Cargnello, Boogat and Karma Atchykah.

 

Already it has gathered much success:

 

Top 25 Album of the year 2011, Voir.ca newspaper (barely 6 days after its release) Top 3 World

Music Album of the Year 2011, Le Devoir newspaper

4.5 stars Album Ranking, Voir.ca

4 stars Album Ranking, 24h Montréal

The song « Né sous le soleil » was Top #1 for over a week, followed by Top #2, right behind La Bottine souriante over the Holidays 2011, EspaceMusique.ca

Moreover, Wesley Louissaint has produced, composed and arranged musical creations for films, including CBC’s documentary about Dany Laferrière. He composed, with Arianne Moffat, Nomadic Massive and Doba, the popular song « Nap chante pou Ayiti » the day after the earthquake in Haiti, on January 12th 2010.

 

He also collaborated with other Montreal artists as an artistic director and composer, namely for Senaya (Garde la tê̂te haute, 2005) and Sara Rénélik (Aube, 2006); as well as working as a musical director for Line 1 Company.

 

Be it in an acoustic formation (guitar, voice and percussion) or with his big band, Wesli consistently delivers a rich, festive and uniquely engaging sound. He conquers the heart of his audience through complex musical arrangements and universal messages of hope, truth and peace. Critics have crowned him “the strongest world creature Montreal presently has to offer internationally” Alain Brunet, La Presse.

 

Wesli was also featured on the cover of Voir Saguenay in August 2011.

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