Last year, the world rallied around Haiti after a devastating earthquake upended the tiny country.
This year, to mark the one-year anniversary , celebrities have continued to bring awareness to the aftermath, from George Clooney’s pleas for support to Sean Penn relocating to Haiti as a resident.
Included in that group are Wyclef Jean and his sister, Melky. The latter star is set to release her next project, Care for Haiti, an album she’s been working on since 2007 that has grown in importance since the earthquake. All of the proceeds from the album are slated to go to Care, a charitable organization that’s helped the country for more than 50 years.
Melky Jean managed to pull in some big names for the project and hopes their fame will help bring further help to Haiti, which is still struggling to recover from the natural disaster.
“Back in 2007, not many people knew what was going on in Haiti, but I was able to get some really awesome artists at the time like KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Patti LaBelle, Sean Paul, of course Wyclef, Natasha Bedingfield and Angélique Kidjo to really be part of this amazing project,” she told our RapFix blog.
The first single from Care for Haiti, “Better,” is a slow, melodic number aimed at restoring the spirit of the country. (An exclusive look at the video for “Better” is available on RapFix.)
“I wrote the song to make everyone feel like they had the power to inspire others,” she said. “People always say, ’I’m going to start with the man in the mirror,’ but I want us to hold hands and look in the mirror together.”