King Kessy of Haitian Racine band Koudjay has passed away this morning. According to sources, Kessy fell ill on his way back to Port-au-Prince after performing in Port-de-Paix. He died at l’hôpital Saint-Nicolas in Saint-Marc.
Kessy, born Jean-Samuel Lubin, was the founder-lead singer of Koudjay. He founded the band back in 1988. Along with Boukman Eksperyans and Kanpech, the 16-member band has received kudos for having launched and popularized the roots musical genre.
“I was a drummer. They would say to me, ‘Don’t forget the caisse [the case].’ “That’s how I got the nickname Kessy,” Kessy told Haiti Support Group.
May he rest in peace!
UPDATE: Video – How Kessy Koudjay Died