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

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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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