Wyclef Jean—the multi-platinum Haitian-American musician, actor, producer, social activist, and Haitian Goodwill Ambassador—performed this summer at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where he was introduced by Quincy Jones; he dedicated his set to the legendary Quincy. Quincy described Wyclef’s performance at Montreux as “a show that nobody in the world could follow.” The two musicians share a deep commitment to philanthropy. Through the foundation he created, Yele Haiti, Jean supports projects that are making a difference in education, health, environment, and community development. Wyclef has just finished recording for the upcoming Quincy Jones Tribute Album, out shortly on Interscope Records.
Jean will share his insights with festival promoter Rock Newman about “Quincy’s magic, their shared musical history, and what can be expected from this star-studded orchestra of ‘Friends’” in the 14th Annual Bermuda Music Festival in October. Newman and Wyclef Jean will make an exclusive live appearance on http://bmf09.com/chat/.
For full articles, see http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-18753–28-28–.html, http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2009/09/12/21935010.aspx, and http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE55M1NT20090623
Photo of Wyclef Jean and Chaka Khan at the Montreux Jazz Festival from http://www.montreuxjazz.com/?lang=en&cat=news&subcat=news&page=76