Haiti’s musician president to perform in benefit

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s singer-turned-president is set to get back on the stage Saturday for a rare concert.

Two government officials say President Michel Martelly will perform under his old stage name of “Sweet Micky” as he celebrates 25 years as an entertainer. Proceeds for the private show will go to the Rose and White Foundation that the president runs with his wife, Sophia.

Martelly was a professional musician before he became president in May 2011.

Martelly rarely gives performances these days, though he appeared with Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias in the neighboring Dominican Republic in December. He also has a tendency to break into song at public events.

The officials confirmed plans for the fundraiser Wednesday. They insisted on speaking anonymously because they weren’t authorized to talk to the press.

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