My life just got a little cooler. I found out that I have the same personal trainer as former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean, and I got to see them both this past Wednesday night (June 19) at B.B. Kings.
I guess something happens in your 40s – you realize that you have to work a little harder to stay as fit and fly as you were in your 20s and 30s, and it doesn’t hurt to enlist some help in such endeavors. Although I’ve been training with my girl Nicole Chaplin for several months, I only found out a few weeks ago that she also trained Wyclef. For Wyclef in particular, the goal he wanted to achieve with Nicole’s help was to boost his stamina, so as to maintain his high energy level while performing. For some, a celebrity endorsement goes a long way in terms of creating cred in the fitness world, but for me Nicole’s text inviting me to hang with her and members of Wyclef’s camp at his show went a long way in terms of showing me just how great she is, in and out of the gym.
All of Wyclef’s work in the gym with Nicole is paying off. The gray and white striped three-piece suit he came out onto the B.B. King stage in wasn’t wearing him, he wore it. Well. Clef opened the show with the Fugees classic “Ready or Not” and delighted the mixed crowd with a verse in English, Spanish, French and Japanese. For his second song the Haitian sensation donned his custom “Gattar” and performed the Bob Marley classic “No Woman No Cry.” Not one to reign in his excitement or enthusiasm for performing to live crowds, Wyclef greeted the audience with, “I know ya’ll miss me in New York. It’s been a minute since you had a real show. There’s mad females in the house and they all looking good. Fellas do not disrepect the girls, I have guys in the audience who will f&%k you up if you do. Now turn it up!!”And the energy got turned up steadily in the building as Clef performed “The Sweetest Girl” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” I squealed in delight as Wyclef brought a white guy onstage and ordered him to whine (that’s the Caribbean version of a twerk). When Clef started to play his “Guttar” with his teeth, I shook my head in awe and homage.
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