Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, expresses her emotion and sadness following the death of Jacob Desvarieux, composer, guitarist and singer from Guadeloupe.

From the West Indies, to Senegal and then to the city of Marseille, his professional career led him to join various groups, notably as an arranger.  But his meeting with Pierre-Édouard and Georges Décimus was decisive: together they created a group mixing multiple Caribbean influences with a name that became emblematic: Kassav, «cassava cake» in Creole.  The group was born in 1979, Jean-Philippe Marthély, Jocelyne Béroard, Jean-Claude Naimro, Patrick Saint-Eloi and Claude Vamur join them. 

The Caribbean heritage and Creole chant allow the Kassav’ group to spread around the world. In 1984, it was thanks to a composition by Jacob Desvarieux and Georges Décimus which became a hit: «Zouk la sé sèl médikaman nou ni» that a new musical genre was born, the Zouk: fusion of Caribbean music - Haitian konpa, Jamaican reggae or Guadeloupean gwoka - and international jazz, rock and funk rhythms. 

The group met with international success with more than 80 albums, millions of albums sold, a Victoire de la musique, 60 concerts at the Zénith, tours around the world…

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin pays tribute to this musician who embodies both his Guadeloupean land and music that has spread around the world. She extends her deepest condolences to her family and loved ones and to the other members of the Kassav' group.