Wyclef Jean is a Grammy-winning musician, a record producer, and a politician. A Haitian immigrant who was raised singing in his father’s church choir, Wyclef gained notoriety as the leader of the widely popular hip-hop group, The Fugees. After the group disbanded in 1997, Wyclef went on to produce and record many widely acclaimed solo albums including Carnival, The Preacher’s Son, and Masquerade. Known for his eclectic musical talents and for imbuing his lyrics with politics and wit, Wyclef sings, plays guitar, and raps. His recordings combine a range of musical genres including hip-hop, reggae, rock ‘n’ roll, and Haitian carnival music. In 2010, Wyclef filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election. Despite subsequently being ruled ineligible by Haiti’s Electoral Commission, the announcement put Wyclef in the political spotlight and garnered much media attention. In his forthcoming memoir, PURPOSE: An Immigrant’s Story, co-authored with Anthony Bozza, Wyclef recounts his path to fame from his impoverished childhood in Haiti, Brooklyn, and Newark.
Peter Rosenberg can be heard regularly on New York’s Hot 97 as host of The Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Show with K Foxx, as well as Real Late, the last remaining free form hip hop radio show on a major New York frequency. A fixture on the hip hop scene, Rosenberg has interviewed some of music’s biggest names and currently hosts Hip Hop Squares on MTV2. He has worked in radio for over 15 years and has appeared on VH1, HBO, and MTV. Rosenberg is also known for his commentary on sports, politics and contemporary culture.
This program is at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
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