John Forté Flashes The Message On New Album

John Forté, the newest artist to emerge from the Refugee Camp, will release his solo debut record, “Poly-Sci,” on June 23.

Forté, who has been firmly ensconced in the Fugees fold since a chance meeting with the Fugees led to him working on the group’s 1996 album, “The Score,” has made a name for himself more recently with his appearance on Wyclef Jean’s “The Carnival,” playing a prominent role in the single and video for “We Are Tryin’ To Stay Alive.”

Wyclef and fellow Fugee, Pras, return the favor on “Poly-Sci” by guesting on the record’s first single, “Ninety Nine (Flash the Message),” a remake of the ’80s hit, “99 Luftballoons,” by German songstress Nena. Other notables who turn up on Forté’s debut include Fat Joe on “They Got Me” and DMX on “We Got This.”

Forté, who will perform at Wyclef’s Haitian benefit in Miami on May 16, plans to tour this summer both with Wyclef and as a solo artist.