With a formidable new album, The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant, on the way, the Haitian-born Grammy Award-winning musician/rapper/producer/social activist, Wyclef Jean is entering an important new phase of his career. "In the past few years many things have happened that have effected who I am," says Wyclef. "The unexpected passing of my father brought great spiritual reflection on what matters in life.
“God's gift of my daughter reminded me of how love is the greatest way to heal. I have traveled the world, seen the issues in my native land, and worked some of the most important recording artists artistically. This has given me a second wind, so to speak. Inspiration."
In the 20 years since first meeting his fellow Fugees cofounders -- Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel "Pras" Michel -- and 10 years since launching his prolific solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring The Refugee All-Stars, Wyclef Jean has effortlessly crossed genres, generations and geographic boundaries as a musical goodwill ambassador and a diplomat for positive cultural evolution.
"Everything I do revolves around music," says Wyclef. "If there was no music, I wouldn't be where I'm at. My music is the vessel I use."