KASSAV Singer Patrick Saint-Eloi Dead at 55

Patrick Saint-Eloi, the former lead singer of Kassav, died Saturday morning at 4am at the age of 52. He was battling cancer

Guadeloupe is in mourning, all the Zouk fans aroung the world are affected.

An entire generation of Haitian grew up to the sound of Zouk, introduced to Haiti by Kassav.

It's been nearly 30 years but almost every time you see a group of Haitian kids dancing on stage, they will most likely be dancing to Kassav's "Zouk La Sé Sel Médikaman Nou Ni"

Yep... Le gros Jacob (Jacob Devarieux), Jocelyne Beroard, Patrick Saint-Eloi, Georges Decimus, Jean-Claude Naimro, Jean-Philippe Marthely, KASSAV... They are as Haitian to my generation as Shoubou and Cubano...

Their music in engraved in our Haitian culture...

Whenever something happens to them, Millions of Haitians will feel the pain.

We love music... We love Zouk

Our condolences to the family and fans of Patrick Saint-Eloi.


Do you have any childhood memory of Kassav and/or Patrick Saint-Eloi?

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Jeanne says...

Dja Paul,

Ce n'est pas un problem si jacob Devarieux a sejourne longtemps au Cameroun.

Manu Dibango avait aussi sejourne longtemps au Congo-Zaire et il etait meme membre du groupe de Rocherau tout comme certains chanteurs Camerounais qui etait dans une bande Congolaise (Les Grands Maquizards).

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Haitian Citizen says...

Hello, all
I wanna tell you something important for Haiti going to happen in the nearest future.

You all already have known that Outgoing Haitian President

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Magical Beat says...

We are from every small island in South america Saint Andrews Island Colombia, KASSAV is and will alwyas be our mentor we became very famous in colombia because of the type of music that we perform Zouk just like the band that we love and admired in Guadalupe in 2000 we had the privilege to see Kassav making a video, those memories we will never forget them. they are the best in Zouk music.

Love, and very sorry for the loss of our friend Patrick, he still lives in our heart.

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Martine Civil says...

DJ Balchi I feel you as I visited Aruba for two months an I know the feeling in the sensation this group has bring to Aruba I can prove it from a club good luck!and be

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Martine Civil says...

yes back on the 80"s kassave was the beatle sound for the haitians.

like in the early 60"s when john lennon was the elvis for the american's generation.

my respect to the group especially his childrens wife, family and friends.

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D.j. Balchi Aruba says...

Aruba cries the dead of patrick sosega na pas thats means rest in

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Cleana Gemima Richardson says...

Je suis vraiment desolee, il est si jeune il est

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Yoly says...

My sincerely condoleances to his family and fans. I'll miss him dearly im happy to share this lifetime with KASSAV and his musicians talents and wonderful songs one of the best.His Soul is

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Mona Nelson says...

Patrick St.eloi restera tjrs dans les coeurs et dans le mien pour bien longtemps car ses chansons nous ont bercees et continueront a le faire, telles que :ki jan w pe fe,...et tant d'autres.je dirai au groupe Kassav, tous ceux qui l'ont connu, courage, sa mission sur terre est terminee il est rentre chez lui. que la terre lui soi legere.

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Lena says...

yes last time i was in this concert in haiti was 1986 one day before jean claude duvalier said president la red cou ke makat i love kassav and i love patrik saint eloi very much my sympatie go to is family and all the

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