NAME: Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly.
OCCUPATION: Master of Haitian music style known as compas, slowed-down version of merengue heavy on electronic keyboards.
FAMILY: Lives with wife, Sophia, in Petionville, in the hills above Haiti's capital. They have four children.
POLITICAL: Has never held political office but has long been active in politics, performing at political rallies. Was known as a vocal critic of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who recently returned from exile. During campaign, promised to build houses in a country that has seen little reconstruction since the January 2010 earthquake and to restore the country's armed force, which Aristide disbanded in 1995 after years of abuse. Also invited Haitians overseas to take a more active role in Haitian affairs.
BACKGROUND: Son of oil company executive. Attended prestigious Roman Catholic school in Port-au-Prince and junior colleges in U.S., though never graduated. Worked as construction worker in Miami in 1980s, a time when he says he occasionally smoked marijuana and crack cocaine.
Music and protest run in the family. Grandfather, Auguste "Kandjo" de Pradines, was French protest singer who aimed his vitriol at U.S. military's 1915-34 occupation of Haiti. A cousin, Richard Morse, who is manager of storied Hotel Oloffson in downtown Port-au-Prince, uses his rock band RAM as an outlet for pro-democracy politics.
MUSIC: Martelly legendary for antics onstage, sometimes mooning audience, cursing rivals, even wearing diapers and dresses. Still, many credit him for reviving compas and proving Haitian musicians can earn a decent living. Got stage name "Sweet Micky" in 1980s while performing at clubs _ one night a friend introduced him as "a sweet Micky for a sweet people." The name stuck.