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Kassav'

The zouk scene evolved from a studio project by Guadeloupian Pierre-Edouard Decimus, who had moved to Paris in the late '70s following an extremely successful career as co-leader of the legendary cadence band Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe. Enlisting the services of his brother Georges and Paris studio wizard Jacob Desvarieux, himself a Guadeloupian, Decimus began to forge a new sound that treated Antilles musical traditions to the state of the art recording technology available in Paris. By 1984 the three had settled on a stable lineup of musicians and singers (now representing both Guadeloupe and Martinique), had made their first live performance (in Guadeloupe), and had achieved their first massive radio success with "Banzawa" from a Desvarieux solo album. Parties in the Antilles are called "zouks," and since Kassav's new records were the music of choice at the zouks, their music came to be called "zouk music." By 1985 nearly every Antilles musician was jumping on the zoukwagon and a whole new style of music was born.

Supported by a horn section, two dancers, extra keyboard, drummer, and percussion, the core of Kassav' is Jocelyne Beroard, Jacob Desvarieux, Jean-Philippe Marthely, Patrick St. Eloi, Jean-Claude Naimro, and Georges Decimus (who quit the band to pursue a career with a new group); Pierre-Edouard Decimus would come and go at whim, never performing live, but often resurfacing as a songwriter. Through the release of Majestik Zouk, the band has released ten studio albums and one live album. Each bona fide member of the band has also released solo albums that include support by the entire band. In fact, since 1987, all re-pressings of the back catalog of solo releases has had the name Kassav' added to the cover in bold letters. Add various carnival projects under the pseudonyms Soukoue Ko Ou and Turbo II, and the total number of Kassav'-related albums approaches 30.

The early releases were certainly experimental in nature as Desvarieux and the Decimus brothers searched for the right mix of musicians and musical elements. The best of the solo and carnival efforts can be found under the discography entries for the particular bandmember or carnival project. It's indisputable that much of the most dramatic groundbreaking occurred on the early to mid-'80s solo releases. Of the official Kassav' albums, all are interesting in that they provide a view into the development of what became the zouk sound. The formula from which the whole Antilles zouk scene evolved had kicked in by the sixth release, so from there on specific preferences are merely a matter of personal taste. ~ Gene Scaramuzzo
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Super duper songs
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voluminous
SOCA 101 Vol. 4 is a COMPILATION album, not an individual artist album.
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voluminous
Track 1 of this album (by Kassav') is a world music classic, but who at Pandora then concluded that this is a Kassav' album?? Kassav' released dozens of albums of their own, all excellent.
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Good stuff
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Good stuff!
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Bitin la ka monté
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Bitin en nou
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I love zin
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kassav are one of the best groups for i've heard and seen bands from all over the world they know how to JAM
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I love kassav
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Zin
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Boukman Eksperyans is an icone in Haitian root music. I love Imamou one of their best track ever. Proud to be Haitian
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I love kassav
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q buenas rolan para semana santa estar en la playa con unas servesitas bien eladitas y desir salud
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Love it
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Love this song my jame������
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Died They died
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betty.paret
This is living..... The best of home
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Where are they now? My Jacob Desvarieux and Jocelyn!! Chapeau a vous!!!
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Love this song
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Love this song!
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I remember back home in africa clubs dont close until six a.m. tell me about all night long
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This is my jam it gets me going!!
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This song right here boyyyyy can jam all night on this!!! :-) :-)
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Wow I loved that song growing up even though the had no idea what they were saying because of the speed
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I love it
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Love this song
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Oooohhoooooh h h h ! ! ! !
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This is when music was music..
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Bon music
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dmgatsby4
I am from Senegal and grew up listening to kassav. I am 38 now and that is all i stilllllll listen to. They are the best.
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Always loved this but never knew what it meant..
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I grew up on this music because I am proud to be a guadeloupain
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Where the french carribean at????? Kassav' ka pété yooo
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Love it
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#1 group KASSAV…Mezan m i depi tande muzic sa mouin mete bon gouya sou yo <3<3<3
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Bon bagay
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because my family is french i develope a love for zook and kassv
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KASSAV IS MAAAAAAAAD BIG UP KASSAV
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Love it....
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One of the best beat in the world of music
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I LOVE KASSAV. I have been listening to them since I was a baby.
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love kassav but where is maria bethenia and marisa zouk?
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i love kassav it is the best music ever
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I like this beat, Who is this?

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