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Wyclef, Akon & Jimmy Rosemond Team Up for Yele Festival in Haiti, Plan Event in Senegal for 2008

Wyclef Jean and singer Akon are teaming up with Czar Entertainment CEO Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond for a free festival in the Haitian capital of Port au Prince on December 15. The event, called the Yele Festival, will serve to raise awareness about the country’s improved safety record and its status as an increasingly popular tourist destination. In return, Wyclef will join Akon next year for a similar concert to be held in the singer’s west African homeland of Senegal. “I’ve always been involved in the upliftment of my people, Haitians and Africans are one,” Akon said in a statement. During their trip, Clef and Rosemond will visit local schools and the notorious children’s prison in an attempt to bring attention to conditions at the facility. Rosemond will also donate 5,000 shirts to children in poor areas. Wyclef was named as Haiti’s official goodwill ambassador earlier this year. “I am glad to be a part of this great event. Two great artists on one stage in a small island like Haiti will show the world that the country is on course to rebuild it’s stature in the Caribbean,” Jimmy Rosemond said. “But most of all history is being made by Wyclef becoming the first rapper to be an official ambassador for Haiti, and that in itself is a reason for celebration.”

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