Wesli is a born troubadour and committed artist whose music fuses afrobeat, reggae, and Haitian rara into an energetic and irresistible performance. The multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter and his musicians deliver a rich, festive, and uniquely engaging sound. He conquers hearts and minds through complex musical arrangements and universal messages of hope, truth, and peace.
“I am a man with two hearts – one in Haiti, the other, here in Canada.”
Wesli’s musical journey has gone from stringing up an oil can with nylon fishing line, to winning a JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year. Born Wesley Louissaint in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he has grown into his role as a prolific songwriter, guitarist and producer. Uniting a large cross section of Montréal talent, his music links Haitian voudou and rara with roots, Afrobeat, and hip-hop. Guest spots on his albums include the likes of Tiken Jah Fakoly, Paul Cargnello, and Malika Tirolien. He has toured under the GlobalFest banner with the Caribbean All Stars.
Since being crowned the Revelation Radio-Canada for 2009–2010, Wesli has gone on to win the Babel Med Music Prize (2010), SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy Award (2016), an award from the Académie Charles CROS (2019), a JUNO Award for World Music (2019), a Félix Award for Album of the Year in World Music (2019), and a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Solo Artist of the Year (2020). He has toured across North America, Haiti, Colombia, Brazil, and Europe, and participated in WOMEX, Mundial Montréal and Cape Verde’s Atlantic Music Expo.