Jacob Desvarieux, leader of Kassav and pioneer of Zouk, has died aged 65


Jacob Desvarieux, leader of Kassav and pioneer of Zouk, has died aged 65.

On Friday 30 July 2021, we lost a monument of West Indian music. Jacob Desvarieux, leader of the group Kassav and pioneer of Zouk, died at the age of 65 of Covid-19 at the University Hospital in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

How was his health?

The Guadeloupean musician was already in poor health, as he was diabetic and had received a kidney transplant in 2008. He received 3 doses of vaccines. In mid-July, he was admitted to hospital after being contaminated by Covid-19. He was placed in a coma. Unfortunately, he breathed his last at the age of 65.

Kassav: an incredible collective.

An emblematic figure and co-founder of Kassav in 1979, the singer and guitarist Desvarieux has made the whole world dance to unforgettable, smile-inducing music such as Zouk la sé sèl médikaman nou ni, Syé bwa, Oh Madiana, Kolé Séré, Wep and more.

In this mythical group, there are talented musicians like :

photo credit : kassav

  • Jacob Desvarieux (vocals and guitar)
  • Patrick Saint-Éloi (vocals, died in 2010.)
  • Jocelyne Béroard – vocals, she joined the group Kassav in 1982
  • Jean-Philippe Marthély (vocals)
  • Jean-Claude Naimro ( keyboards)
  • Georges Decimus ( bass )

They invented a very danceable zouk that mixes gwo ka (traditional Guadeloupean music), biguine (Martinique) and other Caribbean and African influences.

Rain of tributes for a great man.

photo credit : kassav

Many personalities, celebrities and internet users paid tribute to him on social networks.






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“Rest in peace Jacob and thank you for everything”, Afroculture.net wishes all its condolences to his family.


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