Wyclef Jean visits South Philly High, grants $50K for music tech

Cherri Gregg
February 13, 2019 - 7:02 pm
The one and only Wyclef Jean took the stage at South Philadelphia High School showcasing his talent and that of his proteges Jeremy Torres and Jazzy Amra.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — High school students Wednesday were treated to performances by an international super producer. The visit came with a great big check and advice about life.

The one and only Wyclef Jean took the stage at South Philadelphia High School showcasing his talent and that of his proteges Jeremy Torres and Jazzy Amra. 

Jean also shared stories of being bullied after emigrating from Haiti and of the persistence it took to grow into an international star and hit maker.

"My momma told me, 'If you stay focus and positive and do what you do, it's going to happen,' " he told the students.

But Jean also had another purpose: To present South Philly High School with a $50,000 music technology grant from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Toyota. The money is being used to pay for the type of technology that makes hits: state-of-the-art beat-makers, synthesizers, keyboards, software and more. 

"I am learning to make music with it, make beats with it and show Wyclef what I can do," said Aldino Antion, whose stage name is August Loray.

 He got a one-on-one lesson from Jean.

"I was nervous," Antion said, "but it was captivating."

Jean, who's made hits with the likes of Beyonce and Michael Jackson, gave some advice: Follow the music in your head and stay on the path. 

"One small decision got me here," said Jean, who noted his mother took a gun out of his hand and replaced it with a guitar. "And one small decision can get them here or on the wrong path."

Hopefully, with the gift of music technology, getting to the right path will be a little bit easier.