On December 15, 2007, a trio of music heavyweights, Wyclef-Jean, Jimmy Rosemond and Akon will travel to Haiti for a charitable endeavor spearheaded by Mr. Rosemond and Wyclef Jean. Yele Fest will tour local schools and the notorious child prison in Port-au-Prince to shed light on the current plight in Haiti of increasing poverty, weakened education, medical care, nutrition and housing. Yele Fest was organized to bring musical artists to Haiti to help promote tourism and convey the message that the country is safe and the doors are open for people to experience the music and art of Haitian culture.
The idea was derived when Wyclef, Jimmy Rosemond and Akon came together and discussed how they could give back to their respective countries. An agreement was met that Akon would travel to Haiti where Mr. Rosemond and Wyclef Jean are from, in turn for Wyclef going to Senegal to perform for a major benefit that Akon and the government of West Africa are giving in 2008. Mr. Rosemond will personally donate 5000 polo style shirts for the school children to wear and to be given as gifts in the poor sections of the country.
According to Wyclef Jean: â€œI will use all of my influence and power to fulfill my role as Ambassador to Haiti and along with Jimmy Rosemond and Akon, we hope that our goodwill efforts will touch the world and inspire charitable giving. Says Akon: â€œI have always been involved in the upliftment of my people and Haitians and Africans are one.â€? Said Mr. Rosemond the organizer of the project: â€œI am ecstatic to be a part of this great event in Haiti, and to have two great artists on stage together in a small island like Haiti will show the world that Haiti is on course to rebuilding itsâ€™ stature in the Caribbean. It is also monumental that a rap artist such as Wyclef has been named an official ambassador to Haiti and that too it is cause for celebration.â€?
This is not the first time Jimmy Rosemond and Wyclef Jean have made charitable contributions and a few years ago they traveled to the forgotten district of Citi Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for a mission to bring exposure to the political and economic plight of the Haitian people. Further, just last year, Mr. Rosemond traveled to Jamaica as part of a humanitarian mission with Upliftment Jamaica and he has worked with Rev. Al Sharpton on various â€œstop the violenceâ€? efforts as part of his commitment to inspiring other music industry leaders to join forces and do the same.
Jimmy Rosemond manages recording artist Game and is CEO of Czar-Entertainment. To his credit, Mr. Rosemond has orchestrated over 20 million records sold over the last decade and is a managerial powerhouse in music, sports and entertainment.