Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly - Performing & Recording
Artists Born :2/12/1961 Country :Haiti
Best known for/as: Compas music's most colorful superstar
Michel Martelly, better known as "Sweet Micky", was born in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He grew up in the Port-Au-Prince suburb
of Carrefour with his brother and four sisters. Micky credits
veteran Compas bands, Skah Shah, Frere Dejean, Tabou Combo and
Cesaria Evora, a singer from the Cape Verde Islands as being
influential on his music.
Micky first began performing as a one man band in 1988 in the
Casinoes in Haiti. He released his first hit "Ou La La" in 1988.
Two years later Micky expanded the band to include a bass player
and a percussionist and by the release of the album "I Don't
Care" in 1994 Sweet Micky was a household name in Haitian
communities at home and abroad.
Over the past decade, Martelly has won the hearts of the Haitian
people through his musical talent and charismatic persona. His
music blends Haitian music with new interpretations of compas,
roots, salsa, Caribbean soca and jazz-fusion. His persona and
satirical lyrics ignite great controversy throughout the Haitian
diaspora. The only thing which is predictable about Sweet Micky
is that he is completely un-predictable, he has been known to
wear Diapers, Mini-Skirts and other shocking outfits onstage.
When Wyclef Jean of the Fugees needed someone to spark the
flames for his Carnival album, it was Martelly whom he called
upon to record the title song. As Wyclef proclaims while the
"Carnival" tempo rises tumultuously, "Surprise - it's Sweet
Sweet Micky is often referred to as the "Bad Boy" of Haitian
music, but this description is music more appropriate in its
American slang definition where "bad" means really, really good.
In 1997, Michel Martelly showed the world that his musical
talent is a continuous means toward a very positive end by
donating his time to participate in "Knowledge is Power", an HIV
educational music video with a powerful message about preventing
the spread of HIV.
Based in Haiti, Martelly tours incessantly performing throughout
the U.S., Haiti, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. His wife
Sophia handles the business affairs of the band, together they
have 4 children. In his spare time Micky enjoys playing soccer.