If I Were President: My Haitian Experience

Columbia Records will release If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the new six-song EP from Wyclef Jean, available on the iTunes store today (Dec. 7).

It includes “Election Time,” a provocative new universal song written in the wake of Wyclef’s recent attempt to run for president in Haiti. The track is currently streaming at: http://soundcloud.com/they-win-u-lose/wyclef-jean-election-time

“This song is inspired by Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall,’ with the chant, ‘We don’t need no education,'” says Wyclef Jean.

“It is also inspired by Fela Kuti’s  ‘Zombie.’  It’s the voice of the youth. It is the voice of this generation. It’s the artist once again doing what the politicians should be doing. This is about inspiring the voice of this generation.”

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In August, Wyclef Jean, accompanied by his wife, Claudinette, daughter, Angelina, and other close family members, had announced he will make a bid for the presidency of Haiti in the country’s November election. (Read: Musician Wyclef Jean to Run for President of Haiti)

“Election Time” arrives with an extraordinarily powerful and beautiful video lensed in Haiti, says Columbia Records.

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Wyclef teams up with Haitian director, Steve Halloun to co-direct the clip. Halloun is a former student of the University of Miami Film School, like Wyclef. 

“I have to show all the sides of Haiti,” Wyclef Jean says. “There is still beauty in Haiti and I have to show the beauty and the ugly reality that is going to change. It will change.”

If I Were President: My Haitian Experience is a family affair, co- executive produced by Wyclef and his brother, Sedeck Jean. 

The two started together and then went separate ways in their careers until the earthquake of January 2010 reunited them musically. Sedeck Jean is also featured in the “Election Time” video.

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Wyclef Jean plans a world tour in 2011. “The Haitian experience tour will include the music, the art, the culture and definitely the carnival,” says Jean.

Haitian-born Wyclef Jean is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer.

In 2005, Wyclef Jean created Yele Haiti to provide aid and assistance to his native Haiti. Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement inspiring change in Haiti through programs in education, sports, arts and environment.

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