In the run-up to World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Coca-Cola and (RED) are inviting the world to “Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation.” Every day, 650 babies are born with HIV, and Coca-Cola and (RED) believe that, together, we can reduce that number near zero. Each week in the month of November, a new artist will unveil an original song available for download, with proceeds benefitting the Global Fund to fight AIDS.  

This week, we highlight Wyclef Jean, whose track “Divine Sorrow” featuring Avicii is available at www.iTunes.com/REDSound. In addition, Wyclef is offering the chance to meet him backstage. Donate to win that experience and many others at www.Omaze.com/CocaColaRED.

We sat down with Wyclef to talk about the inspiration behind the track, growing up in Haiti, and joining forces with (RED) co-founder Bono.

Why did you get involved with Coca-Cola and (RED)?

Bono is a spiritual brother of mine. We’ve done a lot of work together, and to be a part of this campaign and help bring awareness to the continuing AIDS epidemic was exciting for me.

What is your role in the (Coca-Cola) RED campaign?

I worked with Avicii to write and produce a song, titled “Divine Sorrow”, which is a part of the “Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation” campaign. My hope is that this song inspires people to understand that no matter what you are going through today, you are going to overcome it tomorrow... a great message for this campaign. The end of AIDS can be a reality with this generation, which is incredibly powerful. 




What was it like to collaborate with Avicii?

Collaborating with Avicii was an incredible experience, putting the best of the two generations together. When you blend together like we did, the only thing you are going to get is abracadabra, magic baby!

How do you hope your fans will react to this collaboration?

My fans know that through my entire career I love mixing sounds, so the idea of combining Wyclef Jean and Avicii is a natural progression. The guitar is there, the voice is there, and we rocked. And to be able to lend this song to the fight against HIV/AIDS through the work that Coca-Cola and (RED) are doing is an incredible opportunity. 

What does it mean to be able to share your music with today’s youth?



Wyclef and Avicii

I was born in a small village in Haiti, where I didn’t even know what electricity was until about 10 years old. I grew up in this natural environment where music for me was like the skies, the birds, the sounds in nature – very spiritual. So to be able to share a piece of my soul with my fans is the best feeling in the world.

What does it mean to be involved in a project like this and inspiring a new generation to join this fight?

To be part of this incredible (Coca-Cola) RED campaign with the likes of Queen, Aloe Blacc, and One Republic is what we as creative artists live for. Having a platform where we can share our music with fans while also conveying a message to their mind is powerful, in particular when the message involves the reality that an AIDS-free generation is actually within our reach.

Can you describe the experience of visiting the (RED) clinic in Nairobi, Kenya?

It was mind-blowing to see firsthand the strength and endurance of those living with HIV, particularly the women. These people are living proof that (RED)’s efforts to provide medical treatment makes it possible for a child to be born without HIV, even if the mother is HIV positive. It’s hope for the future generation!

You have an album coming out, which will include 'Divine Sorrow.' Can you tell us more about it?

The title of my new album is going to be Clefication. Whenever I’m in the studio with the young generation they call me Clefication, which means the human application to music through technology. The album is slated for release next summer. 

Who are your musical icons, and what is your favorite song of all time?

I have so many music icons that I look up to, but one of my favorite artists of all time is Marvin Gaye. The song “What’s Going On”, to me, is a great song because it’s timeless. Sometimes we as people just have to reflect and look at ourselves to see how we are treating each other.