Wyclef records song to protest disqualification from Haiti presidential race. And to prove he can speak Creole?

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Wyclef Jean has posted a song on Twitter, protesting his disqualification from the Haiti presidential race. The Fugee performs the tune in Creole, presumably in part to prove he is fluent in the language.

Wyclef’s fellow Fugee Pras recently told New York magazine that the performer was not qualified to become president of Haiti because of his shaky grasp of Creole. “His Creole is similar to Jackie Chan’s English — no disrespect to Jackie Chan,” claimed Pras. “How are you gonna be an effective leader, how are you gonna be inspiring the youth, if you’re telling them to forget French, forget Creole, speak English? That’s in their blood, that’s 200 years of culture. It’d be like Obama coming in and telling people to speak Cantonese.”

To be honest, my own grasp of Haitian Creole is nonexistent (though that’s way down the list of reasons why I am never likely to become president of the country). However, one of my colleagues, who speaks French, says Wyclef sings on the tune about how “it’s the youth that lost.”

Take a listen to the track and tell us what you think—and, if your linguistic skills are better than ours, tell us exactly what he’s singing about.

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  • confidential

    I speak perfect Creole (I’m Haitian American) and this isn’t an issue of Wycelf speaking perfect Creole (although is intrinsic that the President if Haiti speak Creole, French and English). This is becoming a debate of fools. The issue is 1) Wyclef doesn’t live in Haiti 2) He has no formal education 3)His motives and most of all: Is he capable.

  • Chuck D

    Hey Wyclef, take some of Frank Zappa’s advice: “Shut up and play yer guitar!”

  • leo

    I just think trying to push your way into politics by overturning or getting around the eligibility requirements sends a message that he may not have the highest level of integrity in the future. What will he do to become president? Who will he have to bribe or bully? Just not a good tone to start his presidential race. Look, he’s done alot for Haiti and I do believe he cares and has good intentions (had good intentions) but now it seems more like bruised ego. If he wants to be president, prove it over the next several years by living there and taking over his charity again, with Haiti as his home base.

  • topoopn

    I hear Creole tastes better when it’s sittin’ on a Ritz cracker!

  • Jak

    The real reason they disqualified him from running for President is probably because of that horrible “singing” he did on the We are the world remake. They don’t want him associated with haiti at all anymore.

  • Brett

    Wyclef clearly cares about Haiti, but I suspect he was stricken with “Schwarzenegger’s Syndrome”: the belief that because one is a successful celebrity, one is qualified to become the chief executive of a city/state/country.

  • Blondy

    Terrible news and DatingSingleNurses was better

  • stanley jacques

    my comment verry shortly because i wrote a song three years ago about wyclef it wasn’t a bad things it ‘s something i see between him with our government le titre de la music c”est l’espoir desespoir p.s

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  • Matt

    The only issue is that Wyclef is a gigantic a***ole. I don’t give a **** if he speaks Creole or not. If he wants to protest the presidential election, the only thing he should be protesting about is that Jean-Bertrand Aristide is not being allowed to run. There cannot be a democratic election in that country unless the party that was ousted by the U.S.-backed coup is included. Wyclef is just a self-serving ***** and supposedly he has had his own charity pay him millions of dollars for appearances when that money is supposed to be helping Haiti.

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