TapTap Culture!™ Presents: Kompa Official full album by Sweet Micky performing “Best Of Sweet Micky – Michel Martelly Compilation album” © 1997 Déclic. Check out the track list below:
1. Ou lala
2. Prezidan micky
3. Denye okazyon
4. Ke’m sere
7. Kayiman men mouch
8. Tout ce mately
9. Map tan’n ou (Unavailable)
10. I don’t care
11. Men duri
“Martelly has been heralded as a pioneer of a unique brand of compas music, a style of Haitian dance music sung predominantly in the Haitian Creole language. Originally, Compas, or Kompa, was the creation of Nemours Jean-Baptiste. Martelly, a keyboardist and the self-proclaimed “President of Compas,” popularized a nouvelle génération, or “new generation” style, of smaller bands with few members that relied predominantly on synthesizers and electronic instruments to reproduce a fuller sound. Martelly’s live performances and recordings are sometimes laced with physical humor and humorous sociopolitical commentaries and satires. Although he is the most recognized musician and public personality in Haiti, Martelly’s performance style has sometimes ignited controversy throughout Haitian communities.
By 1988, Martelly’s musical talent, charismatic persona, and his pattering style of compas had gained tremendous popularity at El Rancho Hotel and Casino and The Florville, another local venue. That year, he recorded his first single, Ooo La La, which became an instant hit, followed by “Konpas Foret des Pins” which was released in 1989, also a number hit from his debut album “Woule Woule”. During the period of about 1988-2008 Martelly, using his stage name Sweet Micky, recorded fourteen studio albums and a number of live CDs. His music features compas music, slow meringue, troubadour, meringue carnival, raboday, etc.
In 1997, Martelly’s crossover appeal to other musical genres was evident when hipop and compas music star, Wyclef Jean of The Fugees featured him on the title track for Jean’s solo effort Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival featuring the Refugee Allstars. As Jean proclaims on ‘The Carnival,’ “Surprise – it’s Sweet Micky, y’all!” Also in 1997, Martelly released an album containing one of his most celebrated hits, Pa Manyen (“Don’t Touch”). The song is an adaptation of “Angola”, composed by the renowned artist/composer/record producer Ramiro Mendes (of the Mendes Brothers), first recorded by Cesária Évora, the legendary Cape Verdean singer. Pa Manyen went on to be featured in various compilation albums, including the popular Putumayo Presents: French Caribbean in 2003. The song was also covered by Venezuelan singer, Soledad Bravo as “Canta, Canta Corazon” and by Jose Luiz Cortes of Cuba.” – Wikipedia
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