BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Out of tragedy comes a renewed sense of hope. The Buffalo musiccommunity is joining forces to help the people of quake ravagedHaiti.
The Haitian American is the featured singer in a sold-outbenefit concert in Buffalo for the people of Haiti. He told News 4that life was almost unbearable on the island before the quake. Nowit's far worse and the loss is unimaginable.
Even in the saddest of moments, Haitians like to sing. JimRosemberg has been hurting since last month, when the devastatingquake killed at least five of his close relatives, including hiscousin in the striped shirt. The whereabouts of many other familymembers is still unknown.
"I felt like I was a part of them. I was done. When you hear youdon't have friends and family, it's devastating," saidRosemberg.
Like many other Haitian Americans, the Buffalo State Collegegrad turned hip-hop artist is now rallying for his homeland. He'sthe featured performer in a local charity concert that his friend,Jason Sokody, helped to organize.
Sokody said, "We just want to make a difference. Do what we dobest and raise the most money via the talents we have."
Raise money and awareness as the situation becomes increasinglymore dire in Haiti. Rosemberg's uncle was found alive, buried inthe rubble. To free him, his legs were amputated without anyanesthetic. He later died.
Rosemberg said, "Imagine. No anesthetic. Painful. And that's whyI cry. Lose it. Before it was horrible. Now it's worse."
The benefit is a true testament to the strength of the localmusic scene. Tickets sold out within 48 hours.
Sokody said, "This is what Buffalo is about. It really is. Westill give back."
And amidst the heartache, Rosemberg's soulful words seem tobring comfort and hope for the Haitian people.
"We can be miserable, but we're still happy. We don't lose faithbecause faith is in our heart," said Rosemberg.
Rosemberg and his immediate family moved to the States whenhe was 18-years-old. All proceeds from the sold-out charity eventwill go directly to the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund.
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