Haitian president performs with Julio Iglesias at Dominican Republic fundraiser

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Friday January 4, 2013 – Haitian President Michel Martelly briefly stepped back in time last weekend, doing his old “Sweet Micky” stage name proud as he sang alongside Spanish heartthrob Julio Iglesias at a glittering fundraiser in the Dominican Republic.

The celebrity-studded concert was staged to help raise money for impoverished Haitian children, with proceeds going to the Pink and White Foundation, a charity run by Martelly and his wife Sophia.

The Haitian president publicly thanked Iglesias for dedicating a concert of his “1 World Tour 2012” to Haiti’s children.

“I’ve been a singer my whole life, but I never thought I’d be here next to you, singing,” Martelly added.

The two men sang “Corazon, Corazon” in Spanish and “To all the girls I’ve loved before” in English, between laughter, jokes and hugs.

The Spanish vocalist had visited Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

“That’s why the Dominicans are here today, with love, so that your children will be taken care of,” Iglesias said. “This will show you, my president, the love of the Dominicans for Haitians.”

The duets with Iglesias marked Martelly’s first performance outside Haiti since he was elected in May 2011. He was previously known for frequently bawdy performances before becoming president.

About 5,000 people filled an open-air amphitheatre in the Altos de Chavon, an upscale complex east of Santo Domingo, where the concert was staged. Ticket prices ranged from US$50 to US$1,000.

Glitterazzi in attendance included Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera and US journalist Barbara Walters. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)