Wyclef Jean

Haitian Musician + Record Producer + Politician
Born Oct 17, 1969

Wyclef Jeanelle Jean is a three-time Grammy Award-winning Haitian-American rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and politician. At age nine, Jean moved to the United States with his family and has spent much of his life in the country. He first received fame as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees.… Read More

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1969 Birth Born on October 17, 1969.


1982 12 Years Old Jean was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the son of a Nazarene pastor. In 1982 Wyclef moved with his family to northern New Jersey. … Read More


1994 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, he married Fusha designer Marie Claudinette. … Read More
1997 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Fugees collaborated with singer Bounty Killer on the single "Hip-Hopera" and recorded the single "Rumble in the Jungle" for the soundtrack to the film When We Were Kings in 1997: although they have not released any studio albums since The Score, a compilation album, Greatest Hits, was released in 2003, and spawned the single "Take It Easy".


2000 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Released in 2000, Jean's second solo album The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book was recorded with guests including Youssou N'Dour; Earth, Wind & Fire; Kenny Rogers; The Rock; and Mary J. Blige. … Read More
2001 - 2002 2 More Events
2003 33 Years Old His fourth album, The Preacher's Son, was released in November 2003 as the follow-up to his first solo album, The Carnival.
In 2004, he released his fifth album, Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haïti (Creole 101) (released in the United States by Koch Records). … Read More
2006 36 Years Old In 2006, Jean was featured in Shakira's smash hit Hips Don't Lie. … Read More
Jean and Shakira went on to perform the song at the 2007 Grammys and the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. … Read More
In 2009, he was featured on the song "Spanish Fly" with Ludacris and Bachata group Aventura included on Aventura's album The Last, released in June.


On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election, although the Electoral Commission subsequently ruled him ineligible to stand as he had not met the requirement to have been resident in Haiti for five years. Jean's efforts at earthquake relief, highly publicized in 2010 throughout Haiti and the United States, were channeled through his charitable organization, Yéle Haiti. The charity, which performed a variety of charitable works in Haiti between 2005 and 2010, effectively closed in 2012 after much controversy over mismanagement of funds, with many believing that a large portion of the profits were not used for charitable purposes. … Read More
On March 19, 2011, Jean claimed that he was shot in the palm of his right hand in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
2012 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In August 2012, Johnson resigned from his position and announced the closure of the charity, saying in a statement to supporters "As the foundation’s sole remaining employee, my decision implies the closure of the organization as a whole."
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