RIP pioneering zouk guitarist Jacob Desvarieux

Jacob Desvarieux Kassau, at the concert against the Front National in Paris, France, on May 4, 2017
(Image credit: Guillaume Pinon/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jacob Desvarieux, the guitarist and frontman of French Antilles band Kassav’, has died aged 65.

The guitarist and songwriter reportedly passed away on July 30, 2021 after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.