King Kessy of Koudjay Dies -R.I.P.

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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

Watch Koudjay Kanaval 2015 video below:


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