World-renowned performer Wyclef Jean and the world's #1 electronic music DJ and producer Avicii teamed up in Avicii’s Stockholm studio last winter. One of the songs they were working on has now made its way to (RED), an initiative U2 singer Bono co-founded to fight AIDS and other diseases.
The tune “Divine Sorrow” was released as part of a campaign called “Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation” that aims to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
“The whole idea with the song is, it’s a celebration song,” Jean says. “No matter what you’re going through today, you’re going to overcome it tomorrow.”
The track starts with layers of Jean’s digitally treated voice, then opens up with a crescendo of synthesizers that lead into a swift, pulsing beat from Avicii.
“Wyclef has always had an incredibly open and creative mind about making music that crosses and connects genres, and fuses everything from jazz-rap to R&B to reggae and now to electronic music,” Avicii says. “He doesn’t limit himself—and I feel the same way.”
Recent Wyclef Jean performances have included:
Blues Passion Cognac 2013,
Montreux Jazz Festival 2013,
Café Couleur Brussels 2013,
Cruilla Festival Barcelona 2014,
Afrika Karibik Festival Aschaffenburg 2014,
Baloise Sessions Basel 2014