Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, has expressed sadness at the death of Jacob Desvarieux, the co-founder of the music group, Kassav.
“It is with immense sadness that I join people from around the world, to mourn the passing of Kassav’s co-founder Jacob Desvarieux who died on Friday in Guadeloupe,” Pierre wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
He recalled that Desvarieux was an accomplished guitarist whose music brought many from around the world together, dancing to the songs of Kassav for just over four decades, most notably in the French-creole speaking islands.
According to Pierre, with more than twenty albums, over the years Kassav performed at multiple events in Saint Lucia including the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, making the band not only favourites to locals but to the many visitors who came here.
“On behalf of the people of Saint Lucia, I wish to offer heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and citizens of Guadeloupe on the passing of Jacob,” the PM said.
The death of the musician has prompted an outpouring of tributes from around the world, including from French President, Emmanuel Macron.
“A giant of zouk music. An unparalleled guitarist. An emblematic voice of the West Indies. Jacob Desvarieux was all of these things at once,” Macron tweeted.
Desvarieux had been in poor health after undergoing a kidney transplant and was taken to hospital in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe’s largest city, on 12 July after catching Covid-19, media reports say.
He had been placed in an artificial coma to give him the necessary care.