We meet at a popular Caribbean restaurant in Southeast Florida. Neat makeup, red hair, luscious lips, Georgy is dressed to the nines. It is 9:45 pm The interview begins without delay. The restaurant’s reggaeton doesn’t bother us, anyway we’re going to talk about music with the former singer and dancer of the group ZIN of the 80s and 90s. A few moments earlier, we were watching on the YouTube channel an old performance of the group, apparently at the edge of a beach in Haiti. In addition to the singer Alan Cavé, it is two young dancers and singers alongside the latter who attract attention. Recalling this spectacle, Georgy smiles. “It was at Kaliko Beach [côte des Arcadins, Ndlr]. I don’t remember the year, but it was me and Maggy Foreste the two young singers.she remembers.
Compas, Haitian dance music, has always been dominated by men. Marie George Métellus, better known as Princess Georgy, and Maggy Foreste, her best friend at the time, were in a way the pioneers of female singers and dancers in a musical group with a compas tendency. The presence of these two young girls alongside Alan Cavé aroused a certain curiosity and was the subject of debate. Especially since it was about two teenagers who had to be on the school bench, “Haitian” speaking. Not all Haitian parents would agree to deliver their teenage girls to a group of musicians who deliver performances here and there, from evening to evening. “My parents were reluctant to the idea at first, confess Princess Georgy. It’s not by singing on stage with a musical group, but by having chosen to evolve in the Haitian environment when I started in the United States. My mom thought I was talented enough for America. She said that Haitian artists were not respected enough…”
Georgy grew up in New York. At the age of 15, she was a member of a musical group called Kajou by Clifford Sylvain, among others. She was later to join The Partners, the former name of King Kino and Jensen Desrosiers’ Phantoms. “It was during a show in my school that I met King Kino, Jensen Desrosiers, former drummer of Phantoms, as well as the promoter Richard Urbain, says Princess Georgy. Afterwards, they introduced me to Alex Abellard, Eddy St-Vil and Alan Cavé who intended to found a zouk machine style group. After my performance, Alex Abellard wanted at all costs to have me in his group. He noticed me again during another performance at my school. I was dancing ballet. Impressed by my performance when I interpreted a song by Whitney Houston, he again told me that he wanted me at all costs as a singer. That’s how I became a ZIN singer and dancer. »
In fifteen years punctuated by long absences, the princess, recently honored in Florida as “Queen of Compas (queen of the compass)”, has made her name with her sometimes electric dances and hits like “Kòk”, ” Kenbe m”, “Lanmou sa”, in duet with Alan Cavé, “Pale w pale”, “Koyo”, “Haiti”… The last one is one of his favorite songs.
Honored as “Queen of Compass”
After long years of break with ZIN, Princess Georgy reappeared with the Hangout group of Pipo Stanis, current singer of Klass, before disappearing again. She has shown herself on stage again in recent years in some posters with Disip or in tours with ZIN, the group that made her a princess. the Haitian American Art Network honored her on March 5 as the “Queen of the Compass”. The princess, let’s say the first lady, the queen, the queen mother (today the compass has younger queens) pulls out of her purse the two plaques of honor and the crown that were given to her, with a pinch of pride. “We do it almost every year. I really appreciate “she breathes.
Georgy shares his life between Florida and New York. She devotes most of her time to the preparation of her next album. While waiting for the release of the album, the singer promises a song soon to her fans. It will be titled “Ou mèt ale” or maybe “1 to 1”. The first song is a blend of compas with a flavor of zouk. No date is given for the release of the song or the album. “I don’t want to give a date, but I promise it will be for this year”guarantees the 52-year-old singer.
Today, contrary to the 90s, several young singers drive at high speed on the avenue du compas. Georgy feels he has shown the way. Does she think some of the new singers look like her? ” Not really “tempers the princess in her cream bodice and black trousers, perched on her heels. Nevertheless, she has a crush on Danola. A “boycotted” singer, full of talent, who, according to her, has everything to shine anywhere. Princess Georgy insists, the work of the elders must be respected. “Today, I feel proud because the goal has been reached, because there are more women in the compass trend. However, I see that elders are not respected. For example, Beyonce was recently singing for Tina Turner, she was paying homage to her…”. The stitch master picks up the stitch…