Wesli Band
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Wesli Band

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | MAJOR | AFM

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | MAJOR | AFM
Established on Jan, 2006
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Oct
10
Wesli Band @ Club Lambi

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Sep
24
Wesli Band @ Les Bobards

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Sep
10
Wesli Band @ Les Bobards

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Dans un monde idéal, il devrait être à mon sens être considéré comme la plus redoutable créature world qu’offre actuellement Montréal au reste de la planète. Depuis deux ans, le Montréalais Wesley Louissaint alias Wesli, natif de Port-au-Prince et Québécois d’adoption, fait la démonstration de son talent exceptionnel sur nos routes parallèles. Depuis 2001, l’année de son arrivée en Amérique francophone, il le faisait déjà dans moult contextes. Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique l’ont régulièrement embauché pour accompagner plusieurs artistes, il a aussi pris part aux enregistrements de Senaya et Sara Renelik. Il s’affirme désormais comme un brillant leader d’ochestre, auteur, compositeur, arrangeur, guitariste et chanteur flamboyant. J’ai découvert sa musique il y a un peu moins de deux ans, alors qu’il était en voie de figurer parmi les révélations de la Société Radio-Canada – déterminé par un jury composé entre autres de mes co” - La Presse Montréal (Alain Brunet)


"Liberté dans le noir" "Freedom in the dark " 9 sur 10 dans Mirror Montreal ALBUM OF THE WEEK WESLI Liberté dans le noir (WUP) Haitian-born Montrealer Wesley Louissaint presents his second album of Afrobeat, soul, folk, rock and reggae. With guest appearances from Boogat, Radio Radio, Mes Aïeux, Paul Cargnello, Karma Atchykah and the mighty Tiken Jah Fakoly, this is a varied, multilingual and multicultural approach to music. And boy, does it ever work, thanks to Wesli’s strong vocals, smart lyrics and super-tight backing band. 9/10 Trial Track: “Ça Fait Mal” (Erin MacLeod) - Mirror (Erin MacLeod)


“Behrman can’t stop praising this “Rasin” inspired band, a sort of Vaudou-Soul made in Québec. The two Haitian members of the group, Wesley and Steeve arrived here less than a year ago says he with the kind of enthusiasm I had not seen him have since the days of Boukman Eksperyans! They did not sell out. They have an ideal and have only changed location while integrating the input of the French Canadian, the Ivoirians and the Camerounese leading to a result which is totally original ” - Voir-Ralph Boncy


“He threw us into a trance with his “rhythms coming straight from the Vaudou liturgy” as Dan Behrman said. Some ten musicians led by a charismatic singer took us in a whirlwind of African rhythms punctuated by funky bass and guitar riffs...”
- La Presse-Philippe Renaud


Discography

3 Albums:  "Haiti Ayiti toile Nouvelle"  2014 ""Libert dans le noir" 2012 "Kouraj"., 2009 WUP/ SELECT CANADA.  His very first album entitled Kouraj (Courage) shows Wesli becoming one of Montreals most promising emerging artist: Talented singer, gifted multi-instrumentalist, socially engaged and versatile when working as a producer, Wesli delivers high-octane music which is at the same time rich in colour, festive and joyful although Kouraj is also a living testimony to the misery which unfortunately still exists and prevails in Hati as well as in other French Caribbean, African and too many other countries worldwide. Thus, Kouraj acts a constant reminder to the fact that something must be done very fast if not sooner to remedy this situation on a socio-political level.

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Radio-Canada (CBC) Revelation of the year 2009/2010, Babel Med Music Award in France and Nominee for the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Gala Soba in the World Solo Artist of the Year category. Born and raised in Hati, Wesley Louissaint aka Wesli built his first guitar at eight years old out of an old NGO provided oil can and a nylon fishing line. Raised in a family counting seven children cramped in a household where music was omnipresent, it soon became second nature to him as well as a way to escape his miserable surroundings. He began his musical adventure by joining his neighbourhood church gospel choir and then started playing the guitar which quickly became his main instrument. Encouraged by his father and his older brother Wesli joined Jazz 4ever, an afro-roots quartet with which he gave a few performances throughout Hati. Working non-stop to hone his skills as it was his only hope for a better quality of life, Wesli got hired as a sideman playing with The Kreyol Mizik Company giving shows with some of the biggest West Indian names of the time ( i.e. La Galva, Sonia Derson and the sadly missed Edith Lefeyl). A short while later, he gets a gig with So Kute, a well liked Soul Music band with which he produced and recorded an album which attained a fair measure of success in Hati.

He immigrated to Canada in 2001 and decided to settle in Montreal where he worked closely with Les Productions Nuits dAfrique and backed some well known African artists such as Monique Seka, King Mensah, Amadou Sodia, Sekouba Bambino and Hamid Bouchnak among others. Having gained more self confidence by letting himself be known and appreciated, Wesli started to collaborate as a composer and a producer with Montreal bred artists such as Snaya (Garde la tte haute, 2005). He also worked as a guitarist with Gage, Nathalie Choquette, Lorraine Klaasen, Zal Idrissa Sissokho and Lilison Di Kinara and became the musical director of Troupe Line 1. Wesli also performed in several major indoor and outdoor festival events such as The Montreal International Jazz Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montral, Quebecs International Summer Festival, The Chicoutimi World Music Festival, Ottawas Urbanfest, Le Festival International des Nuits dAfrique, the Roots & Culture event in Miami, Festival du Voyageur and Babel Med Fest, while working at the same time as producer, co-writer and composer on a variety of other musical projects. All this enriching activity added to Weslis reputation as an arranger and as a soloist.

His very first album entitled Kouraj (Courage) shows Wesli becoming one of Montreals most promising emerging artist: Talented singer, gifted multi-instrumentalist, socially engaged and versatile when working as a producer, Wesli delivers high-octane music which is at the same time rich in colour, festive and joyful although Kouraj is also a living testimony to the misery which unfortunately still exists and prevails in Hati as well as in other French Caribbean, African and too many other countries worldwide.

Wesli Band consists of musicians performing a torrid combination of original Roots music, toxic Afro-Beat, deep Groove, inspiring Reggae and traditional Haitian rythms. Fuelled by the energy of our daily struggles, the truth and the authenticity of their tradition(s), Wesli Band propels their audience into their own hot, colourful, positive and festive universe with their intense Afro-Beat sounding brass, their rock-solid rhythm section and their trance inducing vocals which lend the band a sound which is so original that no one can be indifferent to it. Dancing brasses and back-up singers, Wesli alternates between singing and playing guitar as well as various percussion instruments leading the audience into a contagious happy and spiritual dancing frenzy... Watch-out, climax is indeed guaranteed!

Wesli is astonishing! Not only can he play all styles of music, but he also is building quite a reputation for himself as a guitarist, composer, songwriter, arranger music director and as a record producer! Yves Bernard, ICI Magazine, Montreal.