Wyclef Jean is trying to persuade rich friends like Tommy Hilfiger, 50 CENT
and boxing promoter Don King to invest in Haiti - to help his homeland recover
from recent storms.
The FUGEES star is forging ahead with plans to stage a huge December (04)
Peace Concert in devastated Gonaives after returning from the Haitian town,
where people are living on their roofs - because everything is underwater.
And he's inviting his multi-millionaire pals to visit the Caribbean for
the benefit show, in the hope they'll buy up land and businesses in Haiti.
He says, "I'm working on Sean Paul, I'm trying to get G-Unit down to
Haiti. I'm working on Method Man and Redman, I'm seeing if Russell Simmons will
come out to Haiti, Tommy Hilfiger, Don King, Lennox Lewis. It'll be a real fun
"The idea is to bring friends with money, so that they might fall in love
with Haiti and want to invest in something."
Wyclef is returning to his homeland later this month (OCT04) with a plane
full of supplies, to urge Haitians to be on their best behaviour for the
weekend of his Peace Concert.
The R+B star will address the nation in a bid to persuade the volatile
locals to "help themselves" by showing the world there's more to Haiti than
He adds, "If I bring five people to Haiti and they don't get shot they're
like, 'Where's the killing?'
"I'm going to make a speech because the city of Port-au-Prince is real hot
right now. In my speech I'm going to say, 'I wanna help you, but you have to
help yourselves and I can't convince any of my friends and people that I know
to come down
here if the violence don't calm itself down.'"