Music and politics in Haiti: A sanitised Carnival | The Economist

Photo: Carnaval National (Facebook)

Photo: Carnaval National (Facebook)

But now that Sweet Micky is President Michel Martelly, the tables have turned, with his government disallowing three of Haiti’s most popular bands from participating in this year’s Carnival. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that their songs accused his government for hypocrisy and corruption. Or not. “It’s a party that’s being organized; it’s not a protest,” Mr Martelly explained on Haitian radio on the eve of Carnival, according to the Miami Herald. “The carnival is not like it was a long time ago. Before it was do as you like, take to the streets.” | The EconomistEconomistlogo.


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