After eight years between albums, Wyclef Jean returned from his music hiatus with two 2017 offerings — J’ouvert and Carnival III: The Rise and Fall of a Refugee — marking two decades since the release of his debut project, Carnival. To celebrate the albums and his expansive career, the Haitian artist recently visited NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert for a fun three-song performance that kept fans laughing with memorable stories.
The 48-year-old showcased his diverse vocals and signature guitar playing alongside a live band throughout the acoustic set, which included newer songs “Borrowed Time” and the Jazzy Amra-featuring “Turn Me Good” before turning back the clock for his 1997 hit “Gone Til November.”
“I’m like Whitney the note is flat,” he remembered. “After dead silence, I’m like, ‘She’s going to kill me.’” Houston responded, “Baby, the note is not flat, I just bent the note.” Jean continued, “That’s the highest level of swag of diva I’ve ever seen in my life. When I listened to the take back the note was actually not flat. Her ear was so beyond mine. She was so in tune that she could take the note out of pitch and bring it back.”
Check out Wyclef Jean’s full Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR office below.