Wyclef Jean landed in Atlanta’s Terminal West on a promotional tour of his upcoming LP The Carnival III. Jean, who rose to fame in the nineties alongside Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel as the critically acclaimed hip-hop group The Fugees, brought along a cavalcade of new rising-stars to assist him in making Atlanta reminisce and party like back in the day.
Kicking off the night was Bronx product Jazzy Amra. The petite songstress is quite the attention-grabber, not only for her crystal-clear and enchanting vocal-work but also as a crowd-charmer, the former of which made a perfect fit for performing Mary J. Blige’s lyrics to 911 alongside Wyclef Jean. Solo, Amra's cover of The Notorious Big’s “Juicy” was the highlight of her set. Her Christopher Wallace tribute had onlookers singing along to the famous lyrics and earned the young singer a long and loud round of applause.
Following Amra’s solid opening were some of Milwaukee’s Wave Records' artists, led by trap-music up-and-comer WavieBoi D and the soulful J’Mika. The Wavie crew are a lively bunch deserving of your attention! Performing several singles across 40 minutes, the Wavie gang had those in attendance head-bobbing and waving their hands in the air without a care.
The joint set featured singles from J’Mika's newly released EP Diary of J among others. While the Wavie Records crew are new to the music-scene, Wyclef Jean handles a sterling reputation of joining forces with top-notch performers like Shakira, Kenny Rogers, Mary J. Blige and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, so let Wyclef’s faith in these young artists be the catalyst that encourages you to listen to their music!
The moment everyone was waiting for takes place at 10 in the evening when The Preacher’s Son takes the stage. From the get-go, Wyclef Jean is all about the swag and tunes as he opens his night with The Fugees’ version of “No Woman, No Cry” off their best-selling album "The Score". With the crowd entirely mesmerized by Wyclef’s presence and musicianship, the Haitian artist ran with it and never looked back.
At age 47, Wyclef still exudes the energy of a man half his age by engaging, hyping and wowing the crowd into dancing, singing along and waving. Jean is the complete package, with his Atlanta performance showcasing him shredding his guitar behind his head and with his teeth, impressively freestyling in several languages and inviting a lucky fan to the stage to duet mega-hit “Ready or Not” as well as a plethora of other hits from his seemingly never-ending musical catalogue.
It takes a great deal of talent and luck to remain relevant within the music industry for as long as Wyclef Jean has, then again, when a rare talent like Jean comes along, maybe the music industry should be considered the lucky one!
For more on Wyclef Jean and his promotional tour, head out to www.wyclef.com or head out to www.headsmusic.com to get the 411 on rising-stars: Jazzy Amra, J’Mika and WavieBoi D.
Article & Images by Andres Alvarado