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Santo Domingo.- Haiti's singer-turned-president is returning to the international stage.

President Michel Martelly will sing two songs with Spanish singer Julio Iglesias at a benefit concert tonight at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater. Martelly has made several impromptu performances in Haiti since he was elected in May 2011. But the show in Casa de Campo will be his first performance outside Haiti for the artist known as "Sweet Micky."

Concert organizer George Nader says proceeds will go to the Pink and White Foundation, a charity for poor children in Haiti run by Martelly and his wife, Sophia.

Henry Kissinger and designers Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta are among the celebrities expected to attend.

Martelly was known for often bawdy performances before he was elected president of a country struggling to recover from a January 2010 earthquake.

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13 comment(s)
Written by: RoyStone, 28 Dec 2012 6:46 AM
From: Australia
The ground won't be moving under Port-au-Prince this time.
Written by: CarlosFranco, 28 Dec 2012 1:51 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn

Another haitian on our soil. Perfect. Just what we need.

Written by: lmartinez, 28 Dec 2012 4:31 PM
From: United States, NYC
should be trying to fix the problems in haiti , not trying to sing . shame on him . ke ridiculo el maldito negro .
Written by: lmartinez, 28 Dec 2012 4:32 PM
From: United States, NYC
why is that news and who cares about that
Written by: andujar67, 28 Dec 2012 5:54 PM
From: United States
regardless how you guys feel I just spend a few days there this guy is ok roads are being fix new hotels houses are being rebuild creating jobs hopefully many will stay there and not be a burden and have peaceful new year
Written by: jambdebois, 29 Dec 2012 6:42 PM
From: United States
carlito, relax take a deep breath mi hermanito. you gonna pop a freaking vessel. let the boy canta and have a good time. you are so sensitive, i should hook you up with gui boy wonder.
Written by: jasfalon, 29 Dec 2012 8:16 PM
From: United States
That f^cking killer. He should have been tried in the Hague.
Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 29 Dec 2012 11:44 PM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

"should be trying to fix the problems in haiti , not trying to sing . shame on him"

Martelly IS "fixing" problems in Haiti. This is a fund-raising event, with supposedly, all proceeds going to his charity for poor children in Haiti.
If I were in DR, I'd try to get tickets for it. This is good for everyone, including us, DR folks, No?
Written by: williom, 30 Dec 2012 4:13 AM
From: United States
Some of you can ridicule Martelly all you want. What you fail to understand is that Martelly has single-handedly changed the Haitian culture for the best.

-He changed the music with his own style that every other Haitian bands tried to emulate.
-He acted gay on stage, and that has brought well-deserved tolerance to homosexuality.
-He acted vulgar and stupid, and now the Haitians have loosened up quite a bit.
-He brought charisma and comedy so people can escape their daily routine.
Martelly, in Haiti, US, Canada, France, is always packing venues. Whenever his songs are played at parties, the crowd always goes wild.

He's not perfect. His administration is also corrupt, but not to the core as the previous ones. The man is always doing the best he can. He doesn't want to totally act presidential. The public embraces that. The only group of people who hates his guts with passion is old conservative Christians.

What can you do? Christians are always around to mess things up
Written by: RoyStone, 30 Dec 2012 4:20 AM
From: Australia
This will be a rare treat for Dominicans to see a world-class international act (Iglesias not Martelly) since usually only tribute acts go to this cultural backwater.
Written by: Ricardolito, 30 Dec 2012 5:18 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Sorry Roy ,wrong track ...the audience will be mainly rich foreigners and Dominicans at Altos de Chavon ..there are very very few Dominicans who could get afford the tickets at Altos and who would even have the transport to get there
Written by: RoyStone, 30 Dec 2012 8:13 PM
From: Australia
Sadly true, Ricky
Written by: BASTA, 31 Dec 2012 6:13 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
andujar67, ==4****s

CarlosFranco== Just look into your own history

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