Born and raised in Montreal to a Haitian family, Waahli is one of the leading members of the globe-hopping Canadian hip hop group Nomadic Massive. He is revered as a trilingual emcee (English, French, Creole), guitarist and beatmaker. With hip hop culture as the foundation, he uses his multidisciplinary skills to branch out and express himself by painting a thoughtful musical landscape. In addition, he is a rhyme writing workshop facilitator in schools, a community builder and, just as importantly, an organic soap maker.
In 2018, Waahli released the aptly named album Black Soap, which while informed by hip hop, also incorporated his various Afro-Caribbean influences through creating an Afro-Latin vibe and including songs sung in Creole. He says, while having fun on his debut solo recording, he also tackled a lot of issues—from racism (being born in Quebec as a black person) to identity (living in the Haitian diaspora) to love, and other pressing topics that arise every day. “I tried to put (these issues) in songs, in an education-slash-entertainment way: edu-tainment,” explains Waahli. Other key influences on his work – both direct and indirect – range from the alternative worldview of American hip hop trio De La Soul to the strong presence of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti in Waahli ‘s musical upbringing.