Wyclef Jean And Bono Duet On Nightclub Tables

Fugees rapper and U2 singer also sing a Parliament funk classic with P-Funk leader George Clinton at benefit show.

NEW YORK — U2 singer Bono and Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean

performed their song "New Day" while standing on tables in a Manhattan

nightclub Wednesday night.

They were then joined by Parliament-Funkadelic bandleader George Clinton

and singer/songwriter Joan Osborne for a version of Parliament's "Give

Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)," to the delight of about 400

revelers at a benefit for the Wyclef Jean Foundation, according to several

people who were there.

"It was really cool — it was kind of like they were jamming among

themselves, and we just happened to be there," said Vanessa Levy, whose

company, Carovan Music Marketing, helped promote the event at the

Copacabana club.

Jean and Bono wrote and recorded "New Day" (RealAudio

excerpt) for NetAid, an international anti-poverty effort that

will stage three concerts around the world Oct. 9. Bono and Jean are

scheduled to perform that day on a star-studded bill at Giants Stadium

in East Rutherford, N.J., that also includes Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes,

Mary J. Blige and Sting. Concerts will also be held in London and Geneva.

The new recording was debuted earlier Wednesday at a NetAid press

conference in New York, at which the Haitian-born Wyclef said he and

Bono had become good friends. "[Bono's] not really from Dublin, he just

tells people that," Wyclef joked. "He's really from Haiti."

Attendees said the loose jam session at the Copacabana began in the

middle of a set by Jean and his band. While the band played a reggae-tinged

hip-hop groove, Jean left the stage and climbed on a table. Bono emerged

from the back of the room and joined him on an adjacent table.

Bono (born Paul Hewson) wore his trademark tinted glasses, while Wyclef,

still playing guitar, was in a white sportcoat. They stayed close to the

recorded version of the song, attendees said, with Bono crooning

passionately on the song's uplifting chorus: "Keep your head up, because

a new day will come."

Afterward, Clinton and Osborne, who's best known for her 1995 hit "One

of Us" (RealAudio

excerpt), emerged from the audience as well and stood beside

Bono and Jean. The four artists traded lines for a ten-minute version

"Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)."

Jean then returned to the club's stage alone, and continued an

improvisation-heavy solo set, which included his hit "Guantanamera"


excerpt) and Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry."

Toward the end of the night, Wyclef and his band were joined onstage by

former Prince percussionist Sheila E. for a salsa-tinged jam on "Hot,

Hot, Hot."

"It wasn't a reserved, tight evening — they made it into a fun

performance," said Caron Veazey, who also works with Carovan.

The crowd was also shown the video for "New Day," in which Bono and Wyclef

perform on a deliberately simplistic stage set.