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Kassav’ (Haitian and Antillean Creole for a local dish made from cassava) is a Francophone zouk band which was formed in 1979. The core members of the band are Jocelyne Beroard, Jacob Desvarieux, Jean-Philippe Marthely, Patrick St. Eloi, Jean-Claude Naimro, Claude Vamur and Georges Decimus (who left the band to create another band, Volte Face, before returning to Kassav’ later) along with several other, more minor members. The total number of albums by the band and its members is approximately 30.

Kassav’ was formed in 1979 by Pierre-Edouard Décimus, a long-time professional musician who worked with Freddy Marshall. Together, the two of them decided to take carnival music and make it a more modern and polished style. It was the leading band to emerge from the formative years of Zouk. They gave the style a pan-Caribbean sound by taking elements from kompa, salsa, and calypso, and became world famous. Their first album, Love and Ka Dance (1980), established the sound of zouk.

Kassav’ continued to grow more popular, both as a group and with several members’ solo careers, finally peaking in 1985 with Yélélé, which featured the international hit “Zouk la sé sèl médikaman nou ni” (meaning “Zouk is our only drug” in French Antillean Creole) With this hit, zouk rapidly became a widespread dance craze in Latin America and the Caribbean, and was popular in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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  • BELLCREATI

    OS KASSAV É O GRUPO QUE MI INSPIROU NOS ANOS 80 PARA SER MÚSICO. PARTICULARMENTE, MÚSICO DO ESTILO ZOUK-KOMPA. AMO ESTE GENERO MÚSICAL, POR ISSO SOU COMPOSITOR, ARRANGISTA E INTERPRETE DESTE GRANDE GENERO MUSICAL. QUEM QUISER AS MINHAS MÚSICAS É SOME ADICIONAR NO MSN.ANGOLA_MAN@HOTMAIL.COM ESTOU ABERTO A RECEBE-LOS PARA TEREM CONTACTO COM OMEU TRABALHO. ABRAÇOS..!!!!!

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BELLCREATI

    OS KASSAV É O GRUPO QUE MI INSPIROU NOS ANOS 80 PARA SER MÚSICO. PARTICULARMENTE, MÚSICO DO ESTILO ZOUK-KOMPA. AMO ESTE GENERO MÚSICAL, POR ISSO SOU COMPOSITOR, ARRANGISTA E INTERPRETE DESTE GRANDE GENERO MUSICAL. QUEM QUISER AS MINHAS MÚSICAS É SOME ADICIONAR NO MSN.ANGOLA_MAN@HOTMAIL.COM ESTOU ABERTO A RECEBE-LOS PARA TEREM CONTACTO COM OMEU TRABALHO. ABRAÇOS..!!!!!

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • visitors

    Zouké,zouké ! Le soleil est là...

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Arabella7

    amo.

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • dannygrl

    Love kassav

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MrUFOman93

    J'lai ai vu en concert pas longtemps avant que Patrick Saint-Eloi parte et c'était juste énorme. Des grands!

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • ze0d

    RIP Patrick :'(

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • paulinezett

    Je vends 2 tickets pour Kassav, ce dimanche 20 Juin à 20h30 à l’openlucht theater de Anvers. Le prix d’un ticket est de 32eur, je vends les 2 pour 40eur. Envoyez moi un message sur paulinezett@hotmail.com. Possibilité de fairel’échange sur place car je vais également au concert!

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • flaviomateus

    quero o albun nou la. não consigo o que faço

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • carlsten

    happy, soulful music

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • alitamf84

    plus20...please, grow up. if you don't like it, go elsewhere.

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dominiquebp

    I 've found a pot of gold. Go Kassav!!!!!

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • plus20charisma

    wow, i'd rather ride a horse naked with a saddle made out of sandpaper than listen to this shit.

    10 Nov 2008 Reply
  • camioneureboubo

    c,est sibon boubo

    3 Oct 2008 Reply
  • anonnamiss

    I don't understand the lyrics but I love this group.

    22 Mar 2008 Reply

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