Wyclef Jean has announced plans to play a benefit concert in his home country of Haiti.
The artist told reporters in St. Lucia that he hopes to put together a December 5 performance to promote peace in the troubled nation, according to The Associated Press.
"I was in Haiti three weeks ago," he said, "and I was hanging on the block of the ghettos, in the baddest parts of town with no security. All that stuff you see on the news recently, with the guns and things, I didn't see none of that."
Though he provided few details on the event itself or the organizations it would benefit, Jean explained that the proceeds from the event would be put toward bringing peace to Haiti, and that he hoped that 2 million people would attend the concert.
Clef was in St. Lucia on a tour promoting his first album in Creole, Haiti's language. Welcome to Haiti: Kweyole 101 is about a Haitian boy who immigrates to the U.S. and is raised in New York. Jean, who was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, and moved to New York at age 9, told reporters that the story around which the album centers is similar to that of his childhood.
Jean has been active in promoting peace in his home country. On February 25, he voiced his support for Haitian rebels and called for the resignation of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. "The country's in an uproar, it's not safe," he told fans in Haiti. (see "Wyclef Jean Voices Support For Haitian Rebels"). Four days later, Aristide fled the country as a result of ongoing political insurgency.
In late March, Jean funded his own video, a medley of "Next Generation" and "Party by the Sea," shot in the Little Haiti section of Miami, hoping the video would help convince other nations to lend financial support to Haiti (see "Wyclef Making Music Video To Promote Aid For Haiti").