Patrick Saint-Éloi returns with “Nou Pa Dakò”

The posthumous song by Guadeloupean singer and musician “Nou Pa Dakò” is available on all digital platforms.

Patrick Saint-Éloi was born on October 20, 1958 in Pointe-à-Pitre and, on October 20, 2020, the singer and musician would have been 62 years old. On this occasion, a posthumous song by the man who was one of the pillars of the band Kassav’ from 1982 to 2002 before continuing his successful solo career is unveiled. Its title: “Nou Pa Dakò” (We don’t agree).

As in all of the singer-songwriter’s compositions, the lyrics mark the spirits and is about humanity. Here he is speaking to the “masters of the world” who are waging wars.

“Yo ka fouté difé, yo ka koupé haché, ka bonbawdé.Yo ka fouté difé, yo ka ka koupé haché, pou pé kontwolé-w” (They set fire to it, they cut and chop, they bomb. They set fire to you, they cut and chop, to control you); “Pa ni asé lajan pou nou tout pé manjé, mé ni asé milion pou pè sa fè lagè…Pa dakò” (There is not enough money for all of us to eat but there are enough millions to make war…We don’t agree ). The subject is serious and the song has a good rhythm, but “This is Zouk”, as the artist used to say. The arrangements were made by his friend who worked on several of his albums, Guadeloupean bassist Frédéric Caracas.

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An incomparable Zouk-Love artist

Patrick Saint-Éloi’s songs are still relevant today. On September 18, we all remembered his death and hummed his compositions. It was ten years since Guadeloupean singer left us, and the Covid-19 epidemic here and around the world did not prevent the organization of events to pay tribute to his memory, like this mass in Saint-Jean Baptiste Church in Le Moule and the inauguration of a stele in the cemetery of this town where the artist now rests.

It should be recalled that the artist known as the “King of Zouk-love” died after a long illness. His death had been a shock to all Guadeloupe, Martinique and all his fans in France and in all the countries of the world that had adopted zouk and especially zouk-love, a variant of which Patrick Saint-Éloi was the creator. Until today, all the singers and groups, whether from Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Cape Verde, Angola, Brazil or elsewhere who sing and play zouk-love, never managed to match the talent and legendary voice of the “Master” .

“Nou Pa Dakò” is available on all digital platforms.