Wyclef Jean moves to energise young voters

2010-10-26 08:17

Los Angeles – Rapper Wyclef Jean may have failed in his Haiti presidential bid, but he’s keeping up his political activities in the US, where he launched a youth voting initiative yesterday.

The founder of the seminal band The Fugees teamed up with Campaign Money Watch, a political advocacy group that is spending $750 000 (R5 million) on a media campaign before mid-term elections on November 2.

The campaign aims to energise young people to vote.

Jean’s new song, Election Time, is a centerpiece of the Democrat-leaning campaign, which had the tagline: “Make Your Voice Heard: If you don’t, you’ve cast a vote anyway. For the other side.”

Jean announced the campaign, saying the extreme atmosphere of hate and aggression in the US midterm campaigns seemed even worse than the chaos of Haitian politics.

“After a month of campaigning for president of Haiti and the first six months after the earthquake helping the country start rebuilding, I sat back and looked around,” Jean said.

“What I saw and felt in the US, my second home country, with all the haters and money craziness in the campaigns, it almost puts the chaos of Haitian politics to shame, you know?

“It’s about making your voice heard. That is what’s important, and I know that better than ever, so I want to reach the young people to remind them.”

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