Wyclef Planning Haiti Benefit Concert
Wyclef Jean is planning a Dec. 5 concert in Haiti to promote peace in his troubled native land.Wyclef Jean is planning a Dec. 5 concert in Haiti to promote peace in his troubled native land. Jean said proceeds from the concert will go toward efforts to stabilize the Caribbean country, but he did not provide details. He said he hoped 2 million would attend, no small feat in a nation of 8 million people.
"I was in Haiti three weeks ago, and I was hanging out on the block of the ghettos, in the baddest parts of town with no security," Jean told reporters in St. Lucia while on tour to promote his first album in Creole, Haiti's language.
"All that stuff you see on the news recently, with the guns and things, I didn't see none of that," he said.
His new album, "Welcome to Haiti: Kweyole 101," issued on his own Sak Pase label, tells the story of a Haitian boy who immigrates to America and grows up in New York. Jean, who immigrated to the United States as a child, said he drew from his own experiences and those of other Haitian refugees in America.
Jean has three pending dates on his summer itinerary: July 29 in St. Louis, Aug. 28 at San Diego's Street Scene Festival and Aug. 29 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl.
Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.