Haiti-born hip hop artist Wyclef Jean has been one of the leading artists promoting Haitian relief since the earthquake. In this Creole version of his song “24 Heures a Vivre” (24 Hours to Live) on his 2004 album Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 he asks the following:
Et si t’avais 24 heures à vivre
Aurais-tu chanté? Aurais-tu dansé? Aurais-tu pleuré?
Ou dit : oh non j’veux m’en aller!
And if you had 24 hours to live
Would you sing? Would you dance? Would you cry?
Or would you say: I don’t want to go away!
(Note: this is my rough translation of the French)
Jean lost fifteen family members and friends in the earthquake and the resulting devastation. On February 25 Jean received an Image award from the NAACP and on February 27 he was honored at Harvard University as “Artist of the Year.”
For more on Haiti see my posts How Can Haiti Be Sustainable?, Haiti’s Political and Economic Earthquake “Made in the USA” and my interview with the Inter Press Service US-Haiti: The Loan That Wasn’t.