Wyclef Jean Records with Berklee Students

Allen Bush
June 23, 2010
Multi-platinum hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean celebrates his successful recording session with students, including Will Wells, on Jean's shoulders, whom he nicknamed Amadeus for his arranging and conducting skills.
Photo by Carl Beatty

Wyclef Jean was back in town over the weekend, collaborating with Berklee student musicians, arrangers, and producers on tracks for his upcoming album due this fall, The Haitian Experience. Jean, with the help of Berklee administrators and faculty, submitted rough mixes for three songs to a small group of students and asked them to arrange string parts for them. He liked film scoring/music production and engineering major Will Wells's work so much that he asked him to arrange all three and conduct a group of student string players on a session at Q Division Studios in Somerville with Jean producing and music production and engineering major Adam Hand behind the boards.