Michel Martelly (Sweet Micky)

  • Birth: February 12, 1961
  • Birthplace: Port-Au-Prince
  • Genre: Compas-Direct
  • Year Active: 1983-Present

Biography

Musician and singer - Michel Martelly, better known as "Sweet Micky", was born on February 12, 1961, and grew up in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Carrefour.

He released his first album, Ou la la, in 1989. His popularity rapidly increased as he cultivated an image as a hedonistic playboy, and touched a sympathetic nerve among those seeking some escapism from everyday hardships. He soon enjoyed a national notoriety thanks to performances marked by his liberal use of betiz - Creole for playful and satirical obscenities - that form part of his repartee with the audience that is delivered in a slang mixture of English, French and Creole.

His popularity really took off with the release of the I Don’t Care album in 1994 featuring numerous hits that rocked dance floors from Haiti to New York City. In an often very conservative country, Martelly's predilection for appearing on stage wearing a skirt, or even performing in full drag, as he did for the 1996 Carnival, is refreshingly daring.

Playing keyboards against a pulsating, infectious beat, and singing sharp and satirical lyrics, Sweet Micky has revitalised Haitian Compas music. Over the last decade, his irrepressible charm and charismatic persona, combined with his new interpretations of compas, roots, salsa, Caribbean soca and jazz-fusion, have shaken up the Haitian music world.