Wanito is a superbly talented musician from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who won a contest we ran in Haiti last summer with his original music. Wanito’s music is a unique blend of acoustic guitar, reggae, and hip-hop and has an incredible ability to capture both the complex troubles and the simple pleasures of Haitian life.
PeaceTones successfully fund-raised last summer to bring Wanito to the US, record his very first album with a group of amazing Boston-based musicians, and to tour Boston and New York.
We now need your help to release Wanito's album, "Biyografi Mwen" ("My Biography" in Haitian Creole). With your help, we can send the album to press (i.e. make CDs), and get the word out about Wanito's music and his story through print, radio and other media. If we raise enough funds, we plan on bringing Wanito back to the US to do an album release tour, an opportunity that will really launch his career. Every dollar will go towards releasing and promoting this album, so the more we raise, the more we can help Wanito get his music out to the world!
With the plight of his fellow countrymen in mind, Wanito has also pledged to donate a portion of his income from this album to a community development project in his hometown of Port-au-Prince.
Interested in the project but want to hear more of Wanito before you pledge? Listen to a sample of his entire album here:
And check out full-length videos of Wanito's performances here:
Wanito's Official Do Re Mi music video from PeaceTones
San Doudou - one of the three songs Wanito won the PeaceTones Haiti Sings contest with!
PeaceTones behind-the-scenes exclusive: Wanito & Nate Edgar
More interested but still wondering exactly what you get in return for your funding? Check out these exclusive items we're offering:
The Album - for pledgers over $20, you get the first CDs of Wanito's album shipped straight to you! These CDs include an insert with all Wanito's lyrics in both English and Creole.
Wanito Poster - pledge $30 or more and get an exclusive signed poster of Wanito memorializing his trip to Boston to record "Biyografi Mwen" and tour the East Coast.
Tshirts - Pledge $42 or more and receive one or more of PeaceTones' tshirts! Choose from six designs and we'll ship you your preference.
Letter-pressed hand-written lyrics - pledge $100 or more and receive a beautiful piece of Wanito's art: letter-pressed hand-written lyrics on organic paper. We are currently setting up production of this item, so you'll have to use your imagination, but here are a few images to help you out:
Commemorative Plaque - for pledges over $500, our Executive Funders receive a unique commemorative plaque of Wanito's album. Your name will also be featured as Executive Funder on our digital sales outlets.
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