updated 03/28/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/28/2011 AT 11:05 AM ET
Wyclef Jean is looking on the bright side of his being shot in Haiti last week.
“It brought light to the fact that there was an election going on that day,” the hip-hop artist told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas. “I don’t think none of you all knew about an election in Haiti until everyone heard what happened to me.”
Jean, 41, who had hoped to run for president of Haiti himself – but was barred due to residency requirements – said he is on the mend after being struck by a bullet in the hand, which he called “the most famous hand in history.”