Kassav’ and South African artists unite against xenophobia [fr]
South African artists joined Zouk supergroup Kassav’ to unite against xenophobia on April 26 2015 at Bassline in Newtown.
In light of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, local musicians paid homage to universal peace and harmony by joining French group Kassav’ to perform Bob Marley’s One Love.
It was their first performance in South Africa – on the eve of the country’s Freedom Day. Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier joined audio-visual attaché Frédéric Chambon and Consul of France in Johannesburg Raymond Quereilhac for the performance organised by Trace TV.
Hailing from Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Antilles (known as the “French Caribbean” to English-speakers), Kassav’ created a sound which incorporates creole and carnival elements from the Caribbean, as well as elements of rock, African music and pop.
Members of the group, bassist Georges Décimus, vocalists Jocelyn Beroard and Jean-Philippe Marthely, keyboardist Jean-Claude Naimro and finally guitarist Jacob Desvarieux, have enchanted music lovers worldwide.