A product of Newark Public Schools music education, Wyclef Jean was the perfect guest to help us celebrate our music technology pilot program at Barringer High School in Newark, NJ.

Attendees included superintendent, Roger León, who emphasized the importance of music education. Save The Music has committed to a five-year rebuild in Newark, which will ensure every student in the school district has access to music education by 2021.

Wyclef participated in a Q&A during which he encouraged the aspiring musicians in the room to showcase their talents in front of everyone. Students volunteered and impressed the audience!

Wyclef then sang and played the electric guitar. He performed a medley of his greatest hits including “Maria, Maria,” “Sweetest Girl,” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” He also did a lot of freestyling, which included some verses in different languages such English, Spanish, French, and Creole!

To conclude the event, Wyclef led a masterclass helping students craft a beat and record a freestyle rap over it. His closing advice was for them was to stay focused on their journeys and believe in themselves.

Thank you to Wyclef for inspiring the next generation of music revolutionaries and Amazon Music for their leadership and sponsorship support!