Debut of Wanito’s New Video Titled “Viens Avec Moi” Featuring Mickael Music who is also making her musical debut as a solo artist.
WANITO, the man known as, “The Voice of Haiti,” is preparing to reignite the Caribbean/Haitian Music Industry (HMI) with his sophomore album.
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck,” best describes the talented artist, Louis Pascal Juanito. He is commonly referred to as the Haitian Bob Marley due to his writing style and the way he portrays Haiti through his lyrics. The young artist is able to bless any crowd with his versatile, energetic voice, his pure, spirited style and catchy lyrics.
Juanito, best known as his stage name WANITO, was born on April 21, 1988 in Jeremie, Haiti – a city approximately 186 miles southeast of the country’s capital. He was raised by his mother, until he moved to the Port-au-Prince to continue his secondary education at Lycée de National de Petion-Ville. Though he was very shy, he continued to follow his dreams by performing around students, friends, and family. Upon hearing his unique voice, his peers encouraged him to participate in talent shows like, “Konkou Chante Nwel,” a Christmas contest run by Telemax and “Digicel Stars” produced by Digicel, a Caribbean-based cellphone company. Although he didn’t make the finals of either competition, he wasn’t discouraged. Rather, it fueled the embers deep within him.
PeaceTones, a Boston-based NGO aims to empower musicians in developing countries by teaching them how to create, protect, and sell their music throughout the world. In April 2011 the NGO held a competition called, “Haiti Chante” (Haiti Sings). Gracefully, WANITO was declared the winner, and there, he found his break. With this victory, many doors were opened for him; the NGO brought him to the US to record his first-ever solo album. On December 2011, WANITO released “Biyografi Mwen” (My Biography).
His extensive involvement in the Haitian community made WANITO a star even before the album hit the market. In just five days, more than 2500 copies were sold, an unprecedented accomplishment in the HMI, a place where not everyone can afford to buy original CDs. Two songs from the album, “Gadon Rèv” and “Blokis” topped various FM radio stations within days of the album’s release. Very soon WANITO was trending. Many fans within the Haitian community recorded their own versions of “Gadon Rèv” before WANITO himself could even release the single’s video.
WANITO’s new single, “Bezwen Mennaj,” released on Sept 2, 2013, hit the air with 10,000 views in the first hour. The success of this new single continued with over 50,000 views of the music video online on its release date, September 9th. “Bezwen Mennaj” is now a catch phrase in Haiti.
The Haitian Parliament awarded WANITO the title, “Star of The Year,” during an official event witnessed by journalists, lawmakers, government officials and a collection of top Haitian artists. This was just the beginning of WANITO’s dream; he continuously performed across Haiti, lighting stages on fire with his dynamic, heartfelt performances. At the beginning of this year, WANITO was included on a list of the “Top 12 Personalities Of The Year 2011,” published by “Le Nouvelliste,” the oldest Haitian daily newspaper, alongside Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was acknowledged for her deep commitment to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.
WANITO continues to surprise his fans and the media through his performances. He has made headlines in most of the widely-read newspapers, blogs, and on-line magazines in Caribbean/Haiti and in the Haitian diaspora. He has performed at the prestigious SOBs in Manhattan, NY, followed by a sold-out concert at Hollywood Live in Florida, and many Festivals in front of hundreds of cheering fans.
Performing regularly in front of crowded arenas of varying sizes, it is clear that Haiti and its diaspora have fallen in love with this young man, who remains humble and wise despite his unexpected success. WANITO is now on tour visiting Atlanta, New York, Boston, Canada, and Europe before the year’s end. Haiti celebrates his talent as a singer, composer, and songwriter. WANITO’s lyrics have something for everyone, poor or rich, young or old. WANITO aims to inspire everyone to follow his or her dreams. He believes that everything is possible if you put your mind to it—the proof is in his music. SA SE WANITO
About Mickael Music
Mickael’s music will take you towards experiences the eyes cannot see; she’s a storyteller at heart. She is on a peace-spreading mission with a chic approach to music enveloped in soul. Mickael stands strong behind her mission and music while embracing both Haitian and American culture. Mickael represents the ideal Caribbean young woman and the quintessential American talent. Mickael primary purpose is to empower little girls to stand with grace no matter what, and with every line she writes she remains true to the mission.
Born in Brooklyn, Mickael has always felt attached to her true home- Haiti. “My flesh was born in Brooklyn but my soul never left Haiti,” states Mickael. “I’m an island girl at heart with Haitian pride like no other.”
Mickael’s first promo single I WANNA BE LOVED jump started an amazing warm welcome to the music world. I WANNA BE LOVED was inspired by Buju Banton’s hit song with the same title. Written and Produced by Mickael “I WANNA BE LOVED” Music Video was shot on 35mm film in her Brooklyn, New York. “I WANNA BE LOVED” aired on BET, Tempo and many TV stations all over the world. On BETj “I WANNA BE LOVED” aired every morning on “Lifted.” .“I WANNA BE LOVED” kicked-off a promo tour which started in London traveled to Italy (Venice,Rome) Africa and ended in Aruba. Mickael and her team also filmed 3 follow-up Music Videos while on tour. The 2nd single Mickael released song title: “Everybody’s got something to say” which was shot in Venice, Italy and in Rome. The 3rd Music Video song title “Falling down” shot in Morocco, Africa. The Music Video for “Falling Down” played a role in the relief affords for the earthquake in Haiti, the video was use by the talent search website Stars of the www to raise money for Haiti. The “Oh life send me some relief” chorus line touched the organization, so the video was turned into a commercial.
Last but not least the song that started the movement “I WANNA BE LOVED has a remix. The Music Video for the remix was shot in Aruba and in her hometown Brooklyn New York to come full circle.
A natural in front of cameras and behind the scenes, Mickael has numerous modeling and television credits. Print and/or commercial ads for Essence, Sears, and Coca Cola are only a few of the entertainment giant’s the multi-talented artist has worked with.
Mickael is also a member of the prestige screen actors guild ie SAG which is the top union for actors and actresses
Mickael also works behind the scenes as a day job
TV Director/Manager/ Producer and Image Consulate (stylist) Directed and Produced for BET and VH1 HopHip documentaries
Mickael also earned herself a TV/RADIO spot with MBK ENTERTAINMENT, managing firm for Alicia Keys. MBK ENTERTAINMENT developed a TV/RADIO show based around Mickael’s personality while she fashion styled all the artist on MBK roster. But There was still a longing in her heart for the place she calls her Heartland HAITI.
After the haiti earthquake my time and heart has been for Haiti says Mickael. So she Created, produced and Directed the BEL project (The making of BEL female Girl group) charity Project and Teamed up with VH1 to also produce the Reality show. A tribute to Haitian men, honouring them and raising money for Haiti while doing so. Celebrating Haitian men. All the top male performers joined forces together to support Mickael on this project. Among which Mickael, was proud to present them in the BEL music video artists such as Wyclef, Wanito, T-Vice, Harmonik, Disip, Mikaben, Belo, Mecca, Nu Look, Djakout #1, Kreyol la, Kako, DJ Stakz, Zing just to name a few.
As if that isn’t enough
Needless to say if you’re reading this something is cooking and you are invited to dinner!