Seeing blue in the overseas territories: Zouk and its history
Interviews with Jocelyne Beroard and Jacob Desvarieux from the group "Kassav» help us to gain insight into zouk, a musical phenomenon originating from the Caribbean musical tradition.
In the same way that creole is a mixture of different languages, Zouk is a type of music whose multiple influences were drawn from the diversity of Caribbean music. Since its creation in 1974, Zouk has continued to be the most popular music in the Antilles and symbolises the emancipation of a people who were able to invent their own music and own romantic dance for couples.
Formed in 1979, the Group Kassav, named after the cassava-coconut cake, invented a new musical genre «Zouk Kassav». Its founders were Pierre Édouard Décimus, Freddy Marshall and Jacob Desvarieux.
In the early 1980s, Jacob Desvarieux, surrounded by other musicians including the singer Jocelyne Beroard, found the recipe for this clever blend of tradition and modernity: Ka, Konpa, Funk and Rock. For more than thirty years this leading Zouk group widely increased the notoriety of the Antilles throughout the world and got the whole planet dancing to its signature song: "Zouk la sé sel médikaman nou ni". They continue to breathe life into and write the history of Zouk.