Arcade Fire has announced they will play a concert in Haiti as part of the annual Carnival celebrations leading up to Mardi Gras.
Headlining the country's ‘Kanaval’ festivities, the Canadian band – who is nominated for six Juno Awards this year – is scheduled to play in the coastal town of Jacmel on Feb. 21.
Photo © Getty: Régine Chassagne and husband/bandmate Win Butler
The event typically features only local groups, but the Montreal-based septet has a long and deep relationship with the Caribbean nation. Member Régine Chassagne is of Haitian heritage, and the band drew inspiration from the country for their latest album, Reflektor, following the devastating earthquake of 2010.
According to frontman Win Butler (who is also Régine’s husband), $1 from every Arcade Fire concert ticket is donated to the Partners in Health charity, which helps deliver health care to the impoverished people of Haiti. The group has donated more than $500,000 so far.
Arcade Fire, who won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011, had previously played a show in Cange, Haiti three years ago. Watch the video of their performance below.