On Thursday, October 20 at 8 p.m., reserve your seats to discover Wesli on stage at the Canadian Cultural Centre. The Haitian-Canadian singer will be launching his seventh album, “Tradisyon”, the first volume of a double album in which he explores his Haitian and Afro-Haitian roots. Get ready to dance!
For this new project, Haitian-Canadian musician and producer Wesli (Wesley Louissaint) has drawn on his Haitian roots and embarked on a long musical pilgrimage to immerse himself in the musical traditions of his birth country. Exploring the country and its lakous (gathering places for the faithful of Haiti’s voodoo religion), he learned several songs in African languages that had arrived in Haiti centuries ago. He has also perfected his playing of a wide range of local instruments and reconnected with the deep spirituality and rich philosophy of Afro-Haitian beliefs and rituals, which shape the soul, culture, and identity of the country.
Born Wesley Louissaint in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli made his first guitar with an oil can and fishing line. A few years later, he became a prolific songwriter, guitarist and producer in Canada. His music combines the roots of voodoo and rara (an iconic Haitian traditional instrument) with Afrobeat and hip-hop. Wesli won the prestigious Canadian JUNO award in 2019.