Wyclef Jean

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Wyclef Jean in 2009, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Nel Ust Wyclef Jean

Place of Birth: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Date of Birth: October 17, 1969

Ethnicity: Haitian

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian rapper, musician, actor, and politician. He was a member of the group The Fugees, with Lauryn Hill and Wyclef’s cousin Pras. Wyclef was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, and moved to New York City, U.S., with his family at the age of nine. He is the son of Yolanda and Reverend Gesner Jean.

Wyclef established the Yele Haiti Foundation in 2005. After the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake, he was recognized for assisting the impoverished nation.

Wyclef is married to designer Marie Claudinette. They have a daughter, who is adopted.

Wyclef is a cousin of diplomat, journalist, political activist, and author Raymond Joseph, who was Haitian Ambassador to the United States, from 2005 to 2010.

Wyclef has said:

My dad always told me, ‘Don’t forget, you’re a descendant of Toussaint L’Ouverture’… So, this was how I was brought up, with a very fearless attitude.

Toussaint L’Ouverture was a prominent Haitian Revolution leader.

In his song, “Baba,” released in 2019, he states, “And I just took my [23andMe] DNA test Don Dada/One hundred percent Nigerian Baba/When you gonna learn-uh/Can’t frame a earner/Came with the noose, I freed myself like Nat Turner.”


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. Ardor says:

    Haitian is NOT a friggin’ ethnicity. True Haitians are the Taino people (Native American tribe). Very disgusting that this man has a free ticket for his Haitian “ethnicity” only because he’s black. I doubt that a white Haitian would have “Haitian” here. Lol.

    This man is obviously Western African (Liberian, Nigerian). So put those ethnic groups and leave “Haitian” for Indigenous Americans (Tainos) thank you very much.

  2. savanna says:

    He is the son of Reverend Gesner Jean and Yolanda

  3. andrew says:

    @ ethnic

    there are better pics of him on PrPhotos

  4. cwm85 says:

    I wonder what part of African his ancestry is from? Sierra Leone, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria, Niger? Is he mixed? LOL Just kidding.

  5. kervins joseph says:

    i can’t even understand that so some websites said you came in U.S.A when you were 9 years old and some said you came here at age thirteen, i’m with you clef, i hope you will make, you are the one i think that could change haiti, so just keep it up

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