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If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the New Six Song EP from Wyclef Jean, Available Digitally on December 7, 2010

Sony Columbia Records - 11/02/2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records will release If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the new six song EP from Wyclef Jean, available digitally on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

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If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, 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 here:
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."

"Election Time" arrives with an extraordinarily powerful and beautiful video lensed in Haiti. Wyclef teams up with Haitian director, Steve Halloun to co-direct the clip. Halloun, a former student of the University of Miami Film School, like Wyclef, is deeply concerned with helping Haiti on all fronts. The video created jobs for local residents, including the actors and technical staff, while showing the world unfamiliar pictures of his native country.

"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."

November is "Election Time" in many countries around the world including in both of Wyclef's countries--the United States and Haiti, where the November 28th general election holds great historic import. "It means the rebirth of my country. It means that the young people can bring about change," says Wyclef. "I would want to tell the youth of Haiti to go out and vote. We have had a long history of dictatorship in Haiti. It's not a Haitian right to vote that we are talking about. We are talking about a world right. Take your right. Your true weapon is your voting card. Use your weapon and use it wisely."

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.

Wyclef describes If I Were President: My Haitian Experience as "the life story of an immigrant. It's for everyone who has had to leave one place and adapt to another. It's about the refugee in all of us trying to fit in. But it's not all sorrowful. In life, there is love and hate, war and peace. It's both sides. This is the continuation of my music and it represents both sides. It's for all my fans. It's for those who love me for 'Gone 'Til November' and 'Hips Don't Lie,' too.

"Every great album to me is inspired by real events. It's about what you've seen and experienced. They were done by the greats who came before me: Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Fela Kuti. The music has to be real. Fela Kuti used his music as a tool for development of his people. You need to relate to the culture. If I Were President: My Haitian Experience is about relating to the culture of Haiti which translate to the world."

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/producer, humanitarian, Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti, and founder of Yele Haiti. A founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Fugees and prolific solo artist, Wyclef has effortlessly crossed genres, generations and geographic boundaries with his music.

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, the arts and environment. Their community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Wyclef coined Yele in a song and means "a cry for freedom." The organization has been garnering international attention for its work including being featured in the Associated Press, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, NBC's Today show, and on 60 Minutes. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, all programs now focus on the relief and reconstruction of the island nation.


    Wyclef Jean
    "Election Time"

    My Generation like

    We Ok
    As long as we got music we gonna dance all day
    He gon' vote Taylor Swift she gon' vote Kanye
     ye ye
    Election time is coming.

    Come On

    We Ok
    As long as we got music we gonna party all day
    She gon' vote U2 he gon' vote Coldplay play
     play
    Election time is coming.

    Come On

    Immigration, Socialism, Capitalism, Racism
    Health Care, Welfare, Seems like nobody cares
     (Come on)
    Big Business, Corporation
    Small business, Taxation
    Unemployment, Education, My Generation
    Built a space station so when you google earth
    You can see all the Haitians as they rebuild
     they nation
    With fair trade, everybody trades
    You trade, I trade and everybody gets paid

    Election time around the corner who you gon' a
     vote for
    (We Ok)
    Election time around the corner what you gon' a
     fight for
    (We Ok)
    Election time around the corner who you gon' a
     vote for
    (We Ok)
    Election time is coming do you want peace or
     War

    (Come on)

    Alternative energy or oil in your SUV
    Tell me what your looking for, we about to have
     a poll
    Gun Control, Infrastructure, agriculture,
     manufacturer
    Hip Hop Be My Culture
    Tell me what you think about us
    Technology and foreign policy
    I need the bailout money to stimulate the
     economy
    Raised on family values
    My life be my testament
    King had a dream and you too can be the
     president

    Election time around the corner who you gon' a
     vote for
    (We Ok)
    Election time around the corner what you gon' a
     fight for
    (We Ok)
    Election time around the corner who you gon' a
     vote for
    (We Ok)
    Election time is coming do you want peace or
     War

    But the kids like we Ok
    As long as we got music we gonna dance all day
    He gon' vote Taylor Swift she gon' vote Kanye
     ye ye
    Election time is coming.

    But them kids like we Ok
    As long as we got music we gonna party all day
    She gon' vote U2 he gon' vote Coldplay play
     play
    Election time is coming.

    Gramps was a voodoo priest, Dad was a preacher
    Uncle was a mason, I was raised Christian
    Best friend muslim AL-SALAM-ALAKUM
    My manager was jewish, he taught me Shabbat
     Shalom
    Flatbush Rastas taught me the scriptures
    Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey
    Saint L'ouverture Haitian Revolution
    Napoleon's Army got spanked by them Haitians
    Toussaint St. Jean with the info
    Did you know that a haitian founded Chicago
    If I Was President
    The first thing I would do is get my people out
     them tents

    My Generation like

    We Ok
    As long as we got music we gonna dance all day
    He gon' vote Taylor Swift she gon' vote Kanye
     ye ye
    Election time is coming.

    But them kids like

    We Ok
    As long as we got music we gonna party all day
    She gon' vote U2 he gon' vote Coldplay play
     play
    Election time is coming.

SOURCE Columbia Records

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SOURCE: Columbia Records

If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the New Six Song EP from Wyclef Jean, Available Digitally on December 7, 2010 Video For First Single, "Election Time," Filmed In Haiti

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records will release If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the new six song EP from Wyclef Jean, available digitally on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101102/NY93577LOGO )

(Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101102/NY93577LOGO )

If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, 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 here:
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."

"Election Time" arrives with an extraordinarily powerful and beautiful video lensed in Haiti.  Wyclef teams up with Haitian director, Steve Halloun to co-direct the clip.  Halloun, a former student of the University of Miami Film School, like Wyclef, is deeply concerned with helping Haiti on all fronts.  The video created jobs for local residents, including the actors and technical staff, while showing the world unfamiliar pictures of his native country.  

"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."

November is "Election Time" in many countries around the world including in both of Wyclef's countries--the United States and Haiti, where the November 28th general election holds great historic import.  "It means the rebirth of my country.  It means that the young people can bring about change," says Wyclef.   "I would want to tell the youth of Haiti to go out and vote.  We have had a long history of dictatorship in Haiti.  It's not a Haitian right to vote that we are talking about.  We are talking about a world right.  Take your right.  Your true weapon is your voting card.  Use your weapon and use it wisely."

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.

Wyclef describes If I Were President: My Haitian Experience as "the life story of an immigrant.  It's for everyone who has had to leave one place and adapt to another.  It's about the refugee in all of us trying to fit in.  But it's not all sorrowful.  In life, there is love and hate, war and peace.  It's both sides. This is the continuation of my music and it represents both sides.  It's for all my fans.  It's for those who love me for 'Gone 'Til November' and 'Hips Don't Lie,' too.

"Every great album to me is inspired by real events.  It's about what you've seen and experienced.  They were done by the greats who came before me: Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Fela Kuti.   The music has to be real.  Fela Kuti used his music as a tool for development of his people.  You need to relate to the culture.  If I Were President: My Haitian Experience is about relating to the culture of Haiti which translate to the world."

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/producer, humanitarian, Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti, and founder of Yele Haiti.  A founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Fugees and prolific solo artist, Wyclef has effortlessly crossed genres, generations and geographic boundaries with his music.  

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, the arts and environment.  Their community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief.  Wyclef coined Yele in a song and means "a cry for freedom."  The organization has been garnering international attention for its work including being featured in the Associated Press, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, NBC's Today show, and on 60 Minutes. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, all programs now focus on the relief and reconstruction of the island nation.

Wyclef Jean

"Election Time"


My Generation like


We Ok

As long as we got music we gonna dance all day

He gon' vote Taylor Swift she gon' vote Kanye ye ye

Election time is coming.


Come On


We Ok

As long as we got music we gonna party all day

She gon' vote U2 he gon' vote Coldplay play play

Election time is coming.


Come On


Immigration, Socialism, Capitalism, Racism

Health Care, Welfare, Seems like nobody cares (Come on)

Big Business, Corporation

Small business, Taxation

Unemployment, Education, My Generation

Built a space station so when you google earth

You can see all the Haitians as they rebuild they nation

With fair trade, everybody trades

You trade, I trade and everybody gets paid


Election time around the corner who you gon' a vote for

(We Ok)

Election time around the corner what you gon' a fight for

(We Ok)

Election time around the corner who you gon' a vote for

(We Ok)

Election time is coming do you want peace or War


(Come on)


Alternative energy or oil in your SUV

Tell me what your looking for, we about to have a poll

Gun Control, Infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturer

Hip Hop Be My Culture

Tell me what you think about us

Technology and foreign policy

I need the bailout money to stimulate the economy

Raised on family values

My life be my testament

King had a dream and you too can be the president


Election time around the corner who you gon' a vote for

(We Ok)

Election time around the corner what you gon' a fight for

(We Ok)

Election time around the corner who you gon' a vote for

(We Ok)

Election time is coming do you want peace or War


But the kids like we Ok

As long as we got music we gonna dance all day

He gon' vote Taylor Swift she gon' vote Kanye ye ye

Election time is coming.


But them kids like we Ok

As long as we got music we gonna party all day

She gon' vote U2 he gon' vote Coldplay play play

Election time is coming.


Gramps was a voodoo priest, Dad was a preacher

Uncle was a mason, I was raised Christian

Best friend muslim AL-SALAM-ALAKUM

My manager was jewish, he taught me Shabbat Shalom

Flatbush Rastas taught me the scriptures

Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey  

Saint L'ouverture Haitian Revolution

Napoleon's Army got spanked by them Haitians

Toussaint St. Jean with the info

Did you know that a haitian founded Chicago

If I Was President

The first thing I would do is get my people out them tents


My Generation like


We Ok

As long as we got music we gonna dance all day

He gon' vote Taylor Swift she gon' vote Kanye ye ye

Election time is coming.


But them kids like


We Ok

As long as we got music we gonna party all day

She gon' vote U2 he gon' vote Coldplay play play

Election time is coming.



SOURCE Columbia Records

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