Wyclef Jean rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop trio The Fugees and has sold millions of records as a musician and producer. But while living out a musician's dream, Wyclef says his native Haiti is never far from his thoughts. Kojo talks with Wyclef about his music, being an immigrant in America, his political ambitions and what's next.
Web Extra: Inside The Studio With Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean performed the chorus to "If I Was President" when a listener asked him what his concerns and ambitions are for Haitian politics. Wyclef said if elected to office the first question he would ask is how Haiti can build stronger agriculture, education and sports policies. He added that it's important to understand the history of all the Caribbean islands, including Haiti, in order to strengthen them.
Wyclef At Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Michel Martin, host of NPR's Tell Me More, will interview Wyclef Jean on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $35 and include one copy of his book "Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story." Tickets can be purchased online or by calling TicketFly at 877-435-09849.
Wyclef Jean appeared on "60 Minutes" to talk about his hopes for and efforts to help his homeland of Haiti.
The Fugees performed "Nappy Heads (Mona Lisa)" and "Killing Me Softly" live at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in 2006. Caution: this video contains some profanity.
The music video for "Fast Car," featuring Paul Simon, from Wyclef Jean's sixth studio album, Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant.