"I actually got to visit the devastation three weeks later," said apl.de.ap, whose real name is
The Black Eyed Peas member plans to help his native homeland through Rebuild Philippines, a benefit concert Sunday at the
"I knew it was going to go away really fast," he said. "Now it's just like because it's not on the news it's not going on anymore. There's so much help needed. This (concert) is a reminder of that."
Apl.de.ap's charity foundation, titled the Apl.de.ap Foundation (ADAF), is behind the event while Philippine based
Along with Apl.de.ap (pronounced Apple Dee Ap), fellow Black Eyed Peas members will.i.am and Taboo as well as artists like
Apl.de.ap said funds raised from the event will "be not about just rebuilding establishments, but people's morale."
"Kids are traumatized, there's separation anxiety and teachers are scared to teach," he said. "So we're also doing a music and art technology program, a different way of teaching."
Those who cannot attend the concert can also donate to the cause online by visiting to apldeapnews.com.
Additionally, the Apl.de.ap
During the show, Apl.de.ap plans to perform 10 songs with his fellow Black Eyed Peas, ranging from newer material to older songs like 1998's "Joints & Jam."
"Since we have a lot of underground artists involved, I was thinking about bringing back some throwback music," Apl.de.ap said.
Apl.de.ap has extended an invite to Fergie,but as of Thursday it was unclear whether she was going to join the Black Eyed Peas at the concert. The pop star has taken a break from performing with the Black Eyed Peas to enjoy motherhood since giving birth to her son, Axl, in August, apl.de.ap said.
But the Black Eyed Peas are far from disbanding. The group is are currently compiling songs for its next album, which has no release date. Apl.de.ap also has an album scheduled to come out this summmer somwhere between June and August.
"It's a side project," Apl.de.ap said of the soon-to-be-released album. "I went to get Will's take on what he thinks and he said, 'Oh, that should be for the Peas.' And I'm like 'Dammit, I got to make another one,'" he said, with a laugh.
But before any new music drops, he has Sunday's benefit concert that he emphasized is "crucial."
"I know it happened awhile back, but ... people are barely rebuilding," he said.
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