We give you the parents of Zouk, a unique style where Caribbean musical influences intermingle with funk and rock to produce an unusual, rhythmic cocktail.
Kassav’ is a Francophone zouk band which was formed in 1979. The band members decided to take carnival music and make it a more modern and polished style. They gave the style a pan-Caribbean sound by taking elements from kompa, salsa, and calypso, and became world famous. Their first album, Love and Ka Dance (1980), established the sound of zouk. Kassav’ continued to grow more popular, both as a group and with several members’ solo careers, finally peaking in 1985 with Yélélé, which featured the international hit “Zouk la sé sèl médikaman nou ni” (meaning “Zouk is our only medicin” in French Antillean Creole) With this hit, zouk rapidly became a widespread dance craze in Latin America and the Caribbean, and was popular in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The total number of albums by the band and its members is approximately 30.
And they are wonderful in life concerts, saw the in Brussels this year and didn’t believe that it’s possible to get the crowd so carried away!
Zouk la sé sèl médikaman nou ni
Admiral T ft Kassav “Fos A Peyi La”