Join Excuse My French on Wednesday, June 14th @ 2PM when he speaks with versatile singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Wesli, before his performance at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on June 15th.
Born in 1980 to a financially-challenged family of seven children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli (Wesley Louissaint) built his first guitar at the age of eight by stringing an old oil can with nylon fishing line. From these humble beginnings, he has gone on to become one of Haiti’s most inspiring and celebrated musical ambassadors.
Be it in an acoustic formation (guitar, voice and percussion) or with his bigger 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. Bringing together a wide range of Montreal and Haitian talents, Wesli’s music unites Haitian voodoo and rara with roots, reggae, Afrobeat, electronic music and hip-hop flavors.
Wesli’s most recent release, Tradisyon, focusing on Haitian roots, acoustic and traditional styles, was released in October 2022.