Riz Khan
Wyclef Jean
Riz Khan talks to singer Wyclef Jean, hip-hop's foremost global citizen.
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2007 08:22 GMT

Hip-Hop singer Wyclef Jean, on Riz Khan

On Thursday, Riz speaks with hip-hop's foremost global citizen, Wyclef Jean.

Jean was born in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn, New York, when he was nine years-old.

In school he and his cousin, Prakazrel Michel, and classmate Lauryn Hill formed a rap group that eventually became international sensation The Fugees.

In 1996, the Fugees (short for refugees) released The Score, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and continues to rank as one of the biggest-selling rap albums of all time.

Ten years ago Wyclef went solo, and he has never looked back.

As a music producer, guitarist and rapper, he has collaborated with talents as diverse as Whitney Houston, Santana, Celia Cruz, Youssou N'Dour, Mary J Blige, Paul Simon, Shakira and many others.

His political consciousness has also informed his recordings, which have fused hip-hop with many styles of music, including reggae, Bollywood, and classical.

 In his latest album, "Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," Jean sings about immigrants in the United States and other political issues.

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This episode aired on Thursday 25th September 2007.

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