The founder of the Kassav group, hospitalized for several days in Guadeloupe for covid-19 infection, died (July 30, 2021) at the Abymes hospital at the age of 66, according to Guadeloupe the 1st.
Posted on July 30, 2021 at 6:02 p.m.
updated July 30, 2021 at 19:42
Singer, musician, arranger and producer Jacob Desvarieux, is a prominent figure in the musical life of the West Indies. In Paris, where he was born, he is in the middle of the golden age of disco. He becomes a musician and studio arranger. It was there that he met Pierre-Edouard Decimus, with whom he created the Kassav group in 1979.
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Kassav, the zouk machine
The group which brings together, among others, Jocelyne Béroard, Jean-Philippe Marthely, Jean-Claude Naimro, Patrick Saint-Eloi… is the symbol of the Caribbean musical revolution through zouk.
Kassav has played on five continents. In 1989, the group won the Prix de la Francophonie in Quebec, it also had the privilege of being the first black group to play in Russia, reports RFI.
Kassav performs primarily in concert, recording disc to disc, and over thirty solo albums by its members. Jacob Desvarieux takes a prominent place in this success.
Several concerts were on his program for the summer holidays in the West Indies. We saw him in symbiosis with his group Nam Kan at the Arawak space in Gosier (Guadeloupe) on July 8, 2021.
Jacob Desvarieux in Gosier (July 2021 Guadeloupe)
“It’s a falling tree”, declares with strong emotion his friend Jean-Paul Jouanellle, former servant of the State and of the territorial collectivities.
A state of weakness
Diabetic, the Guadeloupe musician had gone in a state of weakness, to the University Hospital of Abymes (Guadeloupe) on July 12, 2021, as part of the periodic checks he must perform since the kidney transplant he underwent . And it was during this test that he tested positive for Covid-19. Since then, the famous musician was hospitalized, due to complications related to his transplant.
Jacob Desvarieux was 66 years old… he will join other music stars who have marked our lives so much.