Wyclef Jean — American musician and producer from Haiti
Nel Ust Wyclef Jean was born on 17 October 1969 in Haiti. In 1982, his family moved to the USA.
In the 1980’s, Wyclef and his friends created a band called Tranzlator Crew, which couldn’t become successful for many years. In 1993, the group finally signed a contract with Columbia Records and Ruffhouse Records. They changed the name to Fugees, which is a reference to their refugee status.
In 1994, the band released its first LP, Blunted on Reality, which made it into Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and settled on the 62nd position. The album was also popular in the UK.
The second LP, The Score, was presented in February 1996. The album turned out to be much more successful than its predecessor. It topped Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The album brought the band international recognition. The LP featured the band’s version of the hit song "Killing Me Softly". Later, it brought Fugees a Grammy Award. The music video for the song brought the group a prize at MTV Video Music Award in the "Best R&B Video" category. The same year, the album was certified platinum by RIAA.