Life is a `Carnival' to rapper Wyclef Jean

January 16, 2008|By Rashod D. Ollison | Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic

Wyclef Jean has never been an easy one to peg musically. But his restless spirit in the studio is better focused on his latest CD, Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant. Disparate styles -- metal rock, reggae, Southern rap, even Indian music -- are streamlined into a vibrant, unpredictable mix. His sixth solo album, Carnival pulses with glints of the different sounds he heard while circling the globe over the past few years.

"It's like when the great jazz musicians traveled and brought different rhythms back to the States -- like Quincy Jones or Dizzy Gillespie did back in the day," Jean said last week from a tour stop in Las Vegas. "That's what I wanted to do with this album. It was about opening the mind. I wanted to show that there's more music than what's on the block."

If you go Wyclef Jean performs at 9 p.m. tomorrow at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets $27.50-$30. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.

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