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Kassav decided to make Guadeloupean carnival music and record it in a more fully-orchestrated yet modern and polished style. Formed in 1979 by Pierre-Edouard Decimus and Paris studio musician Jacob F. Desvarieux, Kassav was one of the first groups to take Caribbean music to another level by recording digitally.Emerging from the formative years of Zouk; most authors credit Décimus, his brother Georges, the band's bassist and Desvarieux as its inventors. They gave the style a pan-Caribbean sound by taking elements from Haitian kompa, Dominica Cadence-lypso, Dominican merengue, Puerto Rican salsa, Trinidadian calypso, Republic of Cameroon's rhythm Makossa and the result became world-famous. Their first album, Love and...Read more

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