Wyclef, Akon and Jimmy Rosemond Bring Free Concert To

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Now here's what I call giving back to our country! Haitian born Wyclef Jean and Akon have teamed up with music executive Jimmy Rosemond to present the Yele Festival.

Scheduled for Saturday, December 15 2007, the festival will take place in Haiti's capital, Port au Prince and proceeds will support the Yele Haiti Foundation that Wyclef initiated in 2005.

Yele Haiti Foundation has been heralded as 'A movement led by Wyclef Jean that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti.'

According to hhnlive.com the Yele Festival is a free concert that aims to raise awareness of Haiti's much improved safety record and its growing appeal as a tourist destination. Two years ago Rosemond and Wyclef traveled to Haiti's Citi Soleil, to bring exposure to the country's political and economic plight; a trip that received much praise, commendation and media coverage.

This year their visit will see the two philanthropists going to schools where Rosemond will donate items including 5,000 shirts to the least fortunate children. In addition, a visit to the notorious children's prison will bring much needed awareness to conditions there.

The idea for the Yele Fest came about when Wyclef, Akon and Rosemond came together with plans to give back to their respective countries. "I've always been involved in the upliftment of my people, Haitians and Africans are one," Akon said.

Performing in support of each other, Akon will appear at Yele Fest and Wyclef intends on reciprocating with his scheduled feature at a concert to be hosted by Akon in Senegal next year.

Wyclef, who gained fame as a member of Grammy award winning hip-hop group 'The Fugees,' was this year made an ambassador of Haiti by the country’s President. "I will use every influence and power I have to fulfill my role as ambassador to Haiti. Our good efforts shall touch the world via music and charity," Wyclef stated.

Jimmy Rosemond, head of Czar Entertainment says of the Yele Fest, “I am glad to be a part of this great event. Two great artists on one stage in a small island like Haiti will show the world that the country is on course to rebuild it’s stature in the Caribbean. But most of all history is being made by Wyclef becoming the first rapper to be an official ambassador for Haiti and that in itself is a reason for celebration.”

 

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