As the disaster relief effort in Haiti is ramped up, Rihanna is set to add her name to the list of artists who are contributing to the cause.
According to a rep for Rihanna’s label, Def Jam, the 21-year-old Barbadian will be performing a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” on Oprah today in an effort to promote awareness about the devastation that has been done to the island nation. She will also be putting her cover of the song on iTunes, the sales of which will go to directly towards organizations such as the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Oxfam America and Partners in Health.
In doing so, Rihanna joins artists such as Jay-Z, Bono, Lady Gaga, and Alicia Keys, who have used their music to bring aid to the earthquake-stricken country. Lady Gaga plans to donate part of her Monster’s Ball tour to Haiti relief, while Jay-Z, Bono, and Alicia Keys are slated to take part in a concert entitled “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief”. – Jonathan B Eiseman