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Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean sings a Creole folk tune with R&B artist "Obie," a.k.a Mohanza Kelly, 23, when she dropped in yesterday at Remix Project, an urban arts program on Sudbury Street.

It could be Michaëlle Jean’s first hit single. Call it "the Governor General Remix."

At least that’s what R&B artist "Obie" is hoping after he and Canada’s 27th Governor General teamed up in a Toronto recording studio yesterday.

Jean dove right into hip-hop culture when she dropped into Remix Project, an urban arts program on Sudbury Street to listen to the challenges faced by disadvantaged teens. She wound up free styling with an R&B chart topper who provided the backup for her lyrics.

She chose a Creole folk song called Simbi — "in Haitian mythology they are goddesses of the sea," she said before she crooned the plaintive melody with Obie providing backup.

Obie, a.ka. Mohanza Kelly, 23, still "had butterflies" minutes after the song ended.

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