In case you don’t pay attention to politics, here’s a little tidbit you may have missed (but probably didn’t): Wyclef Jean wants to run for president of Haiti. Yes, the guy from the Fugees wants to hold the highest political office in one of the poorest, most devastated nations in the world. But as it turns out, Jean can’t actually run, due in part to the CEP (Haitian election committee) disqualifying him for residency issues. And with his appeal failing to get him on the ballot for the November 28th election, he’s left with one last drastic effort that always works: make a protest song.
“Prizon Pou K.E.P.A.”, sung in Jean’s native Creole, was released yesterday on his Twitter, along with the message, “This is my new song contesting the CEP, in Creole. We want equal rights and justice!” While we’re a little rusty on our Creole, thanks to some handy translation, we know that he’s basically calling for a change in the elections process and that “I am contesting, I am going to the court, I am contesting.” But if you think it’s all for selfish reasons, Jean makes it clear to those bureaucrats that “Its not Wyclef you gave a report card. Its the youth that you gave a report card.” Fight the power, yo.
Enjoy the track below (via Billboard). As always, stay tuned to CoS for your latest news on Wyclef Jean and all geo-political happenings. Just kidding about that last one.