Kassav Biography & News
11/24/13: When you hear the music of Kassav', you'll know it. This group formed in 1979 by Pierre-Decimus and Paris studio musician Jacob F. Desvarieux produces rousing Guadeloupean carnival music with a much more orchestrated, yet modern style.
What does Kassav' sound like exactly? Well, they say they've created their own style by introducing an eleven-piece gwo ka unit and two lead singers, tambour, ti bwa, beguine and cadence-lypso (a blend of calypso and cadence or compas with use of MIDI. The digital format made them the talk of the Caribbean music world.
The carnival style of music, known as Zouk or Zouk beton, pushed Kassav' into the spotlight, as they were the leading band to emerge with this style. In fact, their very first album, "Love and Ka Dance" established 'the new sound of Zouk' as something many on the global scene had never heard before. They followed with 12 more studio albums, six live albums and 11 compilation albums.
Many say the band peaked in 1985 with "Yelele," which featured the international hit "Zouk la se sel medikaman nou ni" (which translates to "Zouk is the only medicine we have" in French Antillean Creole). It sparked a wisdespread dance craze in Latin America and the Caribbean. Henceforth, the group became famous for its theatrical concerts, featuring special effects and vibrant costumes. They even have featured dancers on stage, and consider them as much a part of the band as any musician.
They have appeared with Admiral T, as well as many other popular artists. Singer-songwriter/keyboardist Jean-Claude Naimro has performed with Peter Gabriel, and lead vocalist Jocelyne Béroard was the first woman artist in the Caribbean to win several distinct music awards; she continues to perform both with Kassav' and as a solo artist.
|Album name||Release date|
|All U Need Is Zouk||2007|
|Best of 20eme Anniversaire||1999|
|Un Toque Latino||1998|
|Zouk Is the Only Medicine We Have||1988|
|An ba chen'n la||1985|
Past Tour Dates for Kassav
Kassav Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 08/09/2014 Vence PLACE DU GRAND JARDIN 07/26/2014 Vic Fezensac Les Arenes 07/24/2014 Vic Fezensac Les Arenes 06/29/2014 Bordeaux Place Des Quinconces 06/07/2014 New York NY Luxury Infinity Yacht
Kassav Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/15/2013 Paris Ile Olympia Hall 12/08/2013 Paris Ile Olympia Hall 10/19/2013 Saint-Herblain B5 Zenith Nantes Metropole 10/18/2013 Niort B7 Acclameur 10/04/2013 Lyon Rho Halle Tony Garnier 10/03/2013 Montpellier ?? Zenith Montepellier 07/18/2013 Washington DC Howard Theatre 07/14/2013 Quebec QC Plains of Abraham
Kassav Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 04/28/2012 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Kassav Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 07/30/2011 New York NY Terminal 5