Wyclef Drops New Haitian Inspired EP As Country Braces For Election Results
Wyclef Jean has revealed his thought process behind a new six-song EP titled If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, which is being released on the heels of the controversial presidential election in the country.
According to Wyclef, the album is "the life story of an immigrant" that was inspired by politically charged artists like Bob Dylan, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley.
The first single from the album is titled "Election Time," which was inspired by Pink Floyd's classic single, "Another Brick in The Wall."
"It's the voice of the youth. It is the voice of this generation," Wyclef Jean said of the album. "It's the artist once again doing what the politicians should be doing.Â This is about inspiring the voice of this generation."
The video for "Election Time" was shot by Haitian director Steve Halloun in the pair's native country of Haiti, creating jobs for local residents, actors and technicians.
Today, officials are sorting through ballots and preparing to release the results of the contested November 28th Presidential election, which many have deemed as fraudulent.
Three leading contenders are vying for the Presidential title, including Michel Martelly, Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat.
Shortly after the elections, every candidate condemned the voting process in an official joint statement, due to rampant fraud and voter intimidation.
Even the last three candidates are sharply divided as to who has won the popular vote, although most believe Martelly will emerge as the winner, including Wyclef Jean, who encouraged youngsters to remain faithful in the concept of democracy.
"We have had a long history of dictatorship in Haiti," Wyclef Jean said. "It's not a Haitian right to vote that we are talking about. We are talking about a world right.Â Take your right.Â Your true weapon is your voting card.Â Use your weapon and use it wisely."
If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, is available for purchase on iTunes now.