DISAPPEARANCE – Co-founder of the Kassav ‘group, Jacob Desvarieux, 65, died this Friday at the CHU de Guadeloupe. He had been plunged into an artificial coma in mid-July after contracting Covid-19.
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A legend of West Indian music. Guadeloupe guitarist Jacob Desvarieux, founding member of the Kassav ‘group, died on Friday at the Guadeloupe University Hospital of the Covid-19, local media announced on Friday. 65-year-old Jacob Desvarieux was hospitalized on July 12 after being infected with the coronavirus.
“The West Indies, Africa and music have just lost one of its greatest Ambassadors. Jacob thanks to your art, you have brought the West Indies closer to Africa. Dakar where you lived is crying. Goodbye friend “, notably tweeted the Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour, a major figure in the world music.
In fragile health, he had been placed in an artificial coma, according to the production of the group, which had also announced to cancel all the concerts planned. Born in Paris on November 21, 1955, Jacob Desvarieux grew up in Guadeloupe where he quickly turned to music. In 1979, he had, with Pierre-Édouard Décimus, founded the group Kassav ‘, a pioneer of zouk, a new music which will make the whole planet dance and sell millions of albums.
“Guadeloupe mourns one of its greatest ambassadors”–
Shortly after the announcement of his disappearance, Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu hailed “a talented artist and a voice known to all”. “I am sad to learn of the death of Jacob Desvarieux, legendary singer of the Kassav ‘group”, wrote the former mayor of Vernon on Twitter. “The French are losing today a talented artist and a voice known to all. My thoughts are turned to those close to him, to whom I send my most sincere condolences.”
“This evening, the whole of Guadeloupe mourns one of its greatest ambassadors, whose immense talent, values, kindness of soul and visceral love for his country made him shine far beyond the sphere artistic”, reacted the president of the departmental council of Guadeloupe, Guy Losbar.
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