Arcade Fire star Regine Chassagne has spoken out about her return to Haiti for the band's recent Port-au-Prince concert, revealing she was overcome with the support locals gave her and her bandmates.
The Canadian rocker's parents left Haiti before she was born, but she has always had ties to the nation and jumped at the opportunity to film and play there as part of an upcoming Arcade Fire documentary.
The band wanted to raise the profile of Haitian musicians, like Ram, the band they hit the road with last year (10), left devastated by last year's (10) earthquake.
She tells Britain's The Observer newspaper, "It was last summer when we invited Ram to Quebec City to play with us at a festival. Over that weekend we became friendly with many of the group.
"I remember eating dinner in the catering area and noticing one of them had a distant look on his face. I realised he was looking at the festival’s catering tent, which was bigger and nicer than the one he lived in. Many of the musicians in this amazing band are still living in tents in Port-au-Prince, more than a year after the earthquake."
Chassagne admits there's a real spirit of hope in the Haitian capital - and the show Arcade Fire performed there was one of their best: "The monitor set-up here sounds better than what we had on the Funeral tour... We have definitely had worse sound in fancier places... People pulled out all the stops."
Ram also joined them onstage at the Port-au-Prince show.
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