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Jacob Desvarieux has died.

The lead singer of Kassav is said to have passed away at the University Hospital of Abymes in Guadeloupe.

According to media reports from Martinique and Guadeloupe, the co-founder of the band passed away on Friday fro

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Jacob Desvarieux has died.

The lead singer of Kassav is said to have passed away at the University Hospital of Abymes in Guadeloupe.

According to media reports from Martinique and Guadeloupe, the co-founder of the band passed away on Friday from complications of COVID-19. He was hospitalised and placed in a medically-induced coma earlier this month.

Desvarieux was 65.

A heavy metal rock guitarist living in Paris, Desvarieux formed Kassav in 1979 with musicians George and Pierre-Eduard Decimus of the Kadans fusion band, the Vikings of Guadeloupe.

The group used the influence of well-known Dominican, Haitian and Guadeloupean bands to create a Guadeloupean carnival sound known as Zouk.

In 1980, the band, whose name is French for Cassava, launched its first album Love and Ka Dance and toured widely through Paris.

In 1983, Kassav released Zouk La Se Sel Medikamen Non Ni (Zouk Is The Only Medicine We Have) off their second album, Yélélé. It became the first Antillean record to sell 100,000 copies.

Kassav has produced over 50 albums, a combination of band albums and solo projects from members of the band.

The band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019.

Kassav was popular throughout the Caribbean, particularly in islands such as Haiti, St Lucia and Dominica, where they last performed at the World Creole Music Festival in 2018.

The band also performed at the 2019 Carifesta held in Trinidad and Tobago, impressing the audience with their clean sound and energetic vibe.

Earlier that year, Desvarieux collaborated with soca king Machel Montano on the Motto-produced track Dance on the Ole Ting Riddim.

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Contrairement aux rumeurs, il nest pas mort : Kassav : le chanteur Jacob Desvarieux admis en ranimation

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Contrairement aux rumeurs, il nest pas mort : Kassav : le chanteur Jacob Desvarieux admis en ranimation

« Son tat est jug stable par ses mdecins, et nous aurons plus d’informations sous 48 heures » a indiqu le groupe sur ses rseaux sociaux. Son hospitalisation intervient alors que le chanteur est totalement vaccin. Diabtique et ayant reu une greffe du rein, il avait en effet t vaccin ds le dbut de la campagne de vaccination.

Jacob Desvarieux avait lui-mme annonc tre positif au Covid-19 sur sa page Facebook, indiquant que tous les concerts venir de Kassav’ taient annuls. L’annonce de l’aggravation de son tat de sant a beaucoup fait ragir sur les rseaux sociaux

Tout mon concentr d’ondes positives vont vers notre prcieux ami Jacob Desvarieux qui lutte contre le Covid. https://t.co/ZumjJgokck

On espre que le taullier va russir traverser ce moment ! Il est actuellement dans le Coma aprs avoir contract le Covid! Toutes nos penses sont avec lui! #JacobDesvarieux ! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/OxMwizTZHE

Une pense pour Jacob Desvarieux hospitalis et en ra pour Covid. Que le pre Dibango veille sur lui 🙏🏿 J’en profite pour dire tout le monde de cesser de jouer les scientifiques YouTube. Vaccinez-vous ! Point.

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