At Miami’s Haitian Flag Day celebration on Friday, Haitian rights activists plan to protest a planned performance by Sweet Micky, the stage name of former Haitian president Michel Martelly, whose controversial lyrics got him banned from two Haiti carnivals earlier this year.
The event is supposed to be a celebration of Haitian culture and the sewing together of the first flag on May 18, 1803. Martelly was invited to play for Sounds of Little Haiti, a free Haitian musical showcase that happens to fall on this Haitian Flag Day. The event is being organized by the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59 Terr., and Sandy Dorsainvil, its former director who now runs a consulting firm. In a press release advertising Martelly’s appearance, organizers said the “Haiti pop icon” will be there “to perform his most electrifying hits.”
“We don’t want him in Little Haiti,” said Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Haitian rights advocacy group, Family Action Network Movement, or FANM.
In an open letter to Mayor Francis Suarez, activists say the Haitian American community is “outraged that city resources are being used to host a performance by Martelly.