Wyclef Performing In Haiti For First Time In 8 Years, Teams With UN

Wyclef Jean has

teamed with the United Nations' World Food Programme agency to present a one-week

festival in Haiti aimed at encouraging artistic and cultural development, to boost

the economy of the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Jean's

nonprofit organization Yéle Haiti will present The Yéle Fest, which

will take place from November. 30 - December. 5. The

event takes place during the Jackmel Film Festival in Haiti and tomorrow, (Dec.

1) Wyclef will give his first concert in his native country of Haiti in over 8

years. An

estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend the concert.“Wyclef

Jean very cleverly uses culture as a means of addressing contemporary social issues,

for he has seen the importance of art and culture in enhancing and changing people’s

lives in all areas of society,” said WFP’s Representative in Haiti,

Mamadou Mbaye.Wyclef's

Yéle Haiti teamed with the WFP in 2005 and enlisted local rappers and musicians

to deliver much needed food and supplies to the hardest hit and most violent neighborhoods

in Haiti, Cité Soleil and Bel Air, after the areas were devestated by Hurricanes

Dennis and Emily in 2005.“When

I started this foundation, I said that it was not a charity foundation. It is

a movement and I am happy to see that Haitian youth identify itself with this

movement,” Wyclef said in a statement.Last

week, Wyclef and a number of high level Haitian government officials met on Capitol

Hill in Washington, DC. Jean

and the politicians were lobbying members of Congress to pass a bill that would

enhance trading for the nation.Haitian

officials hope the deal will create up to 40,000 new jobs.