Saturday, May 28, 2011

HAITI - On an air of "compas direct"

At age 27, became the lead singer Michel Martelly Compass Direct by chance. Unemployed, with no other string to his bow and because he had to feed his wife and son, he began by accepting to play the electric organ in a casino. His patter and his friends do the rest to turn in a business part-time job and a career political fate of twenty-two in the song.

The Compass Direct is the most popular dance music in Haiti. He was born in the mid-1950s, is a mix of indigenous rhythms and what the musicians play Cuban or Dominican pitches in Haiti. Languid. Most often, the text is a pretext, it is reduced to a few sentences. No message, no claim in a piece that lasts eight to ten minutes, even more when played at a ball, these appointments forced orchestras compass.

The fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986, upsets everything. Money is scarce. Insecurity shows its face. Nightclubs close. Tourists are rare. AIDS kills. The country is seeking. The military rulers fail to enforce the order against the onslaught of those who every day calling for more democracy.

It's time for massive protests and strikes, not the festivals or dances. Orchestras compass collapse, fall apart, the musicians migrate to warmer climes to exercise their talent. The Haitian diaspora opens their arms. The success of Sweet Micky is in this context that begins the career of Sweet Micky, in 1988.

The young organist, income broke the United States, becomes the companion of Friends of Camp undemocratic. Many of his closest friends, who still constitute the first circle, are linked to the Duvalier regime. At the time, the compass direct broods. We are in the late 1980s and zouk, a derivative of the Caribbean Compass, is the music that worships the nation.

Kassav colonizes the National Television of Haiti (TNH) and filled the National Stadium Sylvio Cator. Haitian side, only the singers are engaged or text recipe. Those who love and want to have fun in Michel Martelly find a cure for their depression. They finance it. The generals love to the family son who is dancing.

Worn by many video clips tied up, in which beautiful girls sway their hips, Martelly, over the years, take the thickness. A ball Martelly quickly becomes a full show: he sings about everything from the old French song hits Haiti, flirting with bad taste as salacious and gives background for hours.

The success follows. True to his friends and his former course of good schools and the Military Academy of Haiti, Martelly found on his way, every time, friends who opened his doors. Often in the 1990s, are military and former Duvalier. Paradoxically, people laughed more often than it condemns the excesses of the singer.

Martelly and his group are part of the scenery, we love him and his audacity, even if you hate his views. The public appreciates his candor and his dominant character traits: he loves to fight, do not deny, sings of her love for Haiti at the slightest opportunity. Micky attended the then powerful spokesman of the Embassy of the United States, Stanley Scherg.

It never cease to attend American politicians. On the ground as it refines its relations both with the business community and the authorities. Rene Preval, twice president of Haiti, was and remains one of his friends. Change of style long before it became fashionable among artists, Martelly goes to charity and launch and White Rose Foundation, which unites his philanthropy.

Public relations has become the highlight of the singer, who does less hits and saw the success of his albums went before entering politics. His campaign is a model. Effective. Modern. Aggressive. Dynamics. But his friends are the real disability Martelly. They say revenge, eager to rebuild their nest egg and not too attached to democratic principles.

Martelly should discard it or hold them to govern. If during the election campaign, Martelly remained the revered singer posing as the man of change, elected president, he immediately changed his style. No more provocative clothes, you can not see more than suit and tie. How far will the metamorphosis of one whose last success was called Bandit ...


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