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OSLO (AP) – Rihanna says she will perform a new song called “Stranded” with rapper Jay-Z and U2’s The Edge and Bono at Friday’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon in London.
During the taping of a Norwegian talk show in Oslo on Thursday, the R&B superstar said she feels drawn to the cause because of Haiti’s proximity to her home country of Barbados.
“In the Caribbean, we think of ourselves as one big family, one country,” Rihanna told the host of the show, Fredrik Skavlan. “We’re all together. We all represent each other.”
She said she felt “great sadness” when thinking about the humanitarian disaster that struck Haiti following a Jan. 12 earthquake.
“It’s like it happened to Barbados,” she said.
“Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” will be an international event. Haitian native Wyclef Jean will anchor the show from New York, while George Clooney will do so from Los Angeles. Coldplay is also to perform from London.
The funds raised from the benefit will be donated to several relief organizations, including UNICEF, Oxfam America and Partners in Health.