Wyclef Fights Haiti's Electoral Council With ... Song!

Calls René Préval 'Lucifer'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2010 11:09 AM CDT
Haitian hip hop singer Wyclef Jean performs on the Stravinski Hall stage during the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, early Sunday, July 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre)
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(Newser) – As West Side Story clearly taught us, there's no better way to fight than using the power of ... song! And Wyclef Jean is putting that knowledge to good use with a newly penned tune that he posted to Twitter on Wednesday, along with the message, "We want equal rights and justice!" Because it's sung in Haitian Creole, Newsweek wisely got two Creole speakers to translate "Prison for the CEP" (that's Provisional Electoral Council). Among the highlights:

  • "They say that Wyclef does not speak Creole. He's the candidate from the diaspora."
  • "You didn't reject Wyclef. You rejected the peasants."
  • "I voted for you for president in 2006, why do you reject my candidacy today?" (a reference to René Préval, aka "Lucifer")
  • "Lucifer is in control of the CEP. The Satan disqualified me. The children of God cannot be barred."

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