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
3. Sa Yo Fè
5. Nèg Makaya (Nu Groov)
7. Zilé (feat. Steeve Khé)
9. La Vi Dròl
12. Na Wè Yo
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
11. Ça fait Mal
13. Ou Dim
14. Bye Bye Daome
15. 3 Féy
16. Lanmou Nou
18. Mama Africa
2. Konsa (feat. Lou Piensa de Nomadic Massive)
3. The Only One
4. Pa ka ri
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)
20. Ayiti étoile nouvelle
3. Kote Nou Ye
4. Mama Afrika
6. Eye Hé
7. Ca Fait Mal
8. Mon Konpé
9. 3 Fèy (feat. Boogat)
11. Peyizan Yo
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)
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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