Wyclef Jean

These days, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Wyclef Jean is a busy man. But when he’s not running Yele Haiti, his charity to benefit Haitian development, or giving commencement speeches and receiving honorary doctorate degrees, he’s working on his new album “Wyclef: The Haitian Experience.” Wyclef’s upcoming album aims to explore the cultural aftermath stemming from January 2010 earthquake that devastated the already impoverished nation of Haiti, among other topics.

Wyclef explained what listeners can expect from his “Haitian Experience” in a recent NBC interview. “You gon’ feel the culture, the movement, the stories, you know, my connection with the world,” Jean said. The humanitarian has been using his Twitter account (@wyclef) to post in-studio footage of his latest recording sessions. Tentative tracks from the “Haitian Experience” include “Family” and “Delilah,” but no official album release date has been announced.

In other Wyclef news, the internationally celebrated artist recently gave his first-ever commencement speech at Western Connecticut State University. Clef had a distinct message for WCSU’s class of 2010. “Create a vision based on your specific gifts, talents and tools. There is greatness in simply being you and using your skill to do something with your vision — and to put your personal plan in motion,” Clef said. The university also awarded the socially responsible artist with an honorary doctorate degree. This means that Wyclef could now legitimately have people refer to him as Dr. Jean if he wanted. For some reason, we doubt he’ll go that route…

Written by Shaira Brereton

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