Wyclef Jean reflects on his failed bid for the Haitian presidency on “Death Threats” and “Election Time,” two politically-minded tracks off his 2011 album If I Were President: My Haitian Experience. On the bobbing “Death Threats,” Wyclef reflects on yesteryear, when he waved a flag in the air for his people and is now only faced with threats against his life. The optimistic first single “Election Time” is noticeably brighter, featuring a choir chanting behind him on the chorus. March with Clef by listening below.
Today may be Election Day, but Wyclef Jean is stretching out his interest in politics to the end of the year. The Haitian singer-songwriter is readying the digital release of a political six-song EP If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, due December 7.
The new collection of tracks, co-executive produced by Wyclef and his brother Sedeck, has already spawned the single “Election Time,” for which Jean co-directed a video in his native Haiti with director Steve Halloun.
“I have to show all the sides of Haiti,” Clef says of the clip. “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.”
The former presidential hopeful also plans to embark on a world tour in 2011, bringing his homeland to the four corners of the world.