Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In song, Olivier Martelly critical of Wyclef endorsement

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Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The son of President Michel Martelly lashed out at Wyclef Jean on Wednesday bringing to the forefront the spat between the PHTK and Verite/LAPEH camps of Haiti’s two most recent presidents.

Both political parties believe themselves to be at the top of polls, although Haitians, moreover, do not believe the companies releasing the figures are credible.

The back and forth between the two recent administrations is likely to play against them in an election where Haitians desire peace and change.

On Monday, Wyclef Jean had endorsed the presidential candidate of former President Rene Preval, Jude Celestin, through a song entitled Le Ya Rive (The Time Has Come).

In this song, Jean says he has been contacted numerous times by “candidates” looking for his endorsement, but among political and social circles in Port-au-Prince, it is believed Wyclef was speaking of Michel Martelly and his candidate for president, Jovenel Moise, only.

Said to be facing legal problems in the United States, Olivier Martelly, son of Martelly, released a track in response to Wyclef’s song. While still a mix of Pop and R&B, the song was harshly critical to Wyclef Jean and in support of Jovenel Moise.

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