Saturday 5 December, 2020

Kanye West in Haiti to "complete the revolution", build "the future"

Kanye West in 2016/ Photo: AFP/ Video: Gérard Maxineau

Kanye West in 2016/ Photo: AFP/ Video: Gérard Maxineau

The first tweets from Kanye West on his trip to Haiti have arrived this Saturday. All we can say is they are really Ye's.

“Haiti is where our people started the first revolution that freed us from slavery,” American rapper and businessman Kanye West tweeted this morning of September 26. The rap star, whose arrival in Haiti surprised everyone Friday morning, has left the country this Saturday.


"We are here to complete the revolution, we are building the future," the billionaire continued via an all caps tweet largely commented and retweeted.

The artist subsequently posted another message saying, "Believe what I say," accompanied by a video in which we can see a rowboat sailing at sea with a small crew on board.

In the wake of the reactions on West's tweets, international Haitian DJ has submitted two advices.

He has invited the Chicago rapper to "do this [building the future] in partnership with the Haitian people; work together with local businesses and creatives, create equity for the locals so the country and people can benefit from the growth".

Further amid the tweeting, some users did not hesitate to bring to the surface of Kanye's (past) support to Donald Trump and his comments in which, in 2018, he compared slavery to a "choice".

“We hear about slavery that lasted 400 years. For 400 years? It looks like a choice," he stated at the time during an interview with TMZ.

Chilling, dancing... and doing business?

Kanye, 43, landed in the North of Haiti on Friday, more precisely in Cap-Haitien, where, in 1803, happened the last historical battle of the army led by the general and separatist Jean-Jacques Dessalines against the then French troops.


During the last 24 hours, images of the rapper have been shared all over Haitian social media. In some videos we can see him seating in the diplomatic lounge of the international airport of Cap-Haitien; sailing on the waves heading to Ile de la Tortue, or dancing on voodoo music at Cormier Plage, in the company of the Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

According to several sources, the billionaire and candidate for the next US presidential election, came to Haiti with in order to explore business opportunities on Ile de la Tortue (North West of Haiti). During his short stay, he's been seen with Iranian-American entrepreneur and investor Shervin Kordary Pishevar, according to Le Nouvelliste.

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