Soul singer and Juno nominee Karl Wolf is bringing his Ghetto Love Fan Tour to Monashee’s Bar and Grill Feb. 9

Soul singer and Juno nominee Karl Wolf is bringing his Ghetto Love Fan Tour to Monashee’s Bar and Grill Feb. 9

Wolf comes calling from Lebanon to Africa and beyond

Soulster Karl Wolf to give a show at Monashee's Bar and Grill in Vernon Feb. 9.

He gained acclaim putting a soulful hip hop spin on ‘80s hit Africa, and now Lebanese-Canadian artist Karl Wolf is bringing some “Ghetto Love” to Vernon.

Wolf is stopping by Monashee’s Bar and Grill Feb. 9 for a special intimate performance on his Ghetto Love Fan Tour.

The Montreal-based producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer then heads to Kelowna the next night to start a cross-country tour with headliner Hedley and Vancouver rapper Classified.

Voted one of the world’s most influential Arabs by ArabianBusiness.com’s Power 100, Wolf was born in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Dubai before moving to Montreal with his family when he was 16.

His cultural identity can be heard on his last album, Nightlife, nominated for a 2011 Juno for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, with its first hit single, Yalla Habibi, Arabic for “let’s go.”

“It must be the first song with an Arabic title to hit the Top 40 in Canada. It makes me happy to think of Arabic kids here seeing that, and going ‘that’s the language we use at home and it’s on radio and TV.’ It can give them hope for their future in Canada as an immigrant,” said Wolf on his website.

His latest singles, Ghetto Love, featuring Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall, and Mash it Up, featuring American rap group Three 6 Mafia, have been receiving airplay across the country and abroad, and will be on his anticipated fourth album, Finally Free, set to be released next month.

Wolf’s music has been reaching the global marketplace since the success of his 2008 single Africa, originally recorded by ‘80s band Toto. It hit the top 10 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and was certified three times platinum in 2009.

The song is featured on Wolf’s second album, Bite the Bullet, and like most of his music, it fuses R&B, hip hop, pop and dance sounds with his melodic voice.

In 2008, Wolf joined hip hop artists Akon and Ludacris for a star-studded lineup to launch MTV Arabia. His hit clip for Africa was the first ever to be broadcast on the new station, and earned him the MTV Europe Music Award for MTV Arabia Best New Act.

Wolf brings his Ghetto Love Fan Tour to Monashee’s Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20, available as of today at Monashee’s in downtown Vernon.