Wesli’s musical journey has gone from stringing up an oil can with nylon fishing string to winning a JUNO 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 Montreal talent, his music links Haitian voudou and rara with roots, Afrobeat and hip-hop
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 for World Music (2019), a Félix for Album of the Year in World Music (2019), and a CFMA 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.
In July 2022, Wesli will launch “Tradisyon”, his sixth album. As its name suggests, Tradisyon is an opus exploring authentic and modern approaches to Haitian roots music.
Wesli (he/him) - band leader, guitar, vocals and percussion
Michel Medrano-Brindis (he/him) - drums
Watson Joseph (he/him) - bass
Martine Labbé (she/her) - trumpet
André Désilets (he/him) - saxophone
David Mobio (he/him) - keyboard
Cindy Belotte (she/her) - dancer, vocalist