Tuesday, December 07, 2021

July 31, 2021   -Jacob Desvarieux, from the West Indian group Kassav ‘, during a concert on May 16, 2009 at the Stade de France. Commenting a few months ago on the devastation of the pandemic, he wanted to be optimistic about the evolution of the situation, ” hoping that we don’t lose too many friends along the way “.

The charismatic figure of the West Indian collective Kassav ‘of which he was one of the co-founders in 1979, the singer and guitarist Jacob Desvarieux, a big fellow with a debonair appearance, in more fragile health since a kidney transplant undergone in 2013, died on 30 July following the Covid-19 at the Pointe-à-Pitre University Hospital (Guadeloupe). He was 65 years old.

« With Pierre Edouard Decimus, the group designer, who was playing in The Vikings of Guadeloupe [l’un des groupes leaders de l’île Alors, ndlr], we wanted to make Guadeloupe music that could be listened to anywhere, but frankly we didn’t think it was going to work so well Jacob Desvarieux used to say, with those laughing adolescent facial expressions that he continued to display over the years. Kassav’s first album ‘(Love and Kâ Dance) appeared in January 1980 (produced by Freddy Marshall, also co-founder of Kassav ‘). Several times gold record, platinum record in 1988 (with the album Come To), chaining a string of hits, including Zouk is our only medicine – his hymn, which will be sampled by the American hip-hop group The Fugees -, Wood saw, Where Oh Madiana, winner of a Victoire de la musique in 1988 (“Best group of the year”), Kassav ‘will become one of the most famous French groups around the world. The group of musicians performed in particular in July 1989, ten years after its creation, in Leningrad, in the Soviet Union (three concerts at the Sports Palace, 14,000 spectators in total, in a country where its records were not distributed, then reported. the newspaper Humanity).

More than a collective, the group works as a family, each member brings their know-how: Jacob Desvarieux – vocals and guitar -, Jocelyne Béroard – vocals, she joined Kassav ‘in 1982 -, Jean-Philippe Marthély – vocals -, Jean-Claude Naimro – keyboards -, Georges Decimus – bass -, Patrick Saint-Éloi – vocals, died in 2010. The group invented the zouk, a style in its own right, taken up by many other musicians. Irresistibly lively music, with energizing virtues, which mixes great case (traditional music from Guadeloupe), biguine (musical emblem of Martinique) and other Caribbean influences, rock and funk music, with beautiful outbreaks of brass. Without forgetting to slip in messages to think about, dedications to standing men, “warriors”. Like the title Doubt thorns, one of the singles of the album All U Need is Zouk (2007) in which Jacob Desvarieux lists the names of Nelson Mandela, Eugène Mona, a strong personality in traditional Martinican music and the Senegalese anthropologist historian Cheikh Anta Diop.

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September 7, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most popular character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.

September 8, 2021 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court. “As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

September 8, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With Katie Holmes and Lil’ Kim on his front row and singer Marina on the mic high above his runway, Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week’s first big pandemic round of in-person shows Tuesday with a flurry of neon and lace-inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life. From ornate Gotham Hall, beneath a stained-glass skylight 70 feet up, Siriano’s commitment to size inclusivity was never stronger as he opened and closed the show with plus-size breakout model Precious Lee. She first walked in a stunning yellow trouser suit with wide loose pants and an asymmetrical jacket, a matching crossover bralette underneath.

September 7, 2021  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself. At 75 years old, the writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and director of “American Gigolo” and “Mishima” was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his 2018 film “First Reformed,” for which he got his first Oscar nomination. He didn’t want to. He just knew it might be the reality. “I thought I would go back to this character again for about the fifth time,” Schrader said in a recent interview. By “this character” he means “the man in the room.” It’s Travis Bickle. It’s John LeTour. It’s Julian Kay. And it’s a formula he’s been working with for 45 years.

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September 8, 2021  -Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where weak jobs data and pandemic concerns weighed on sentiment. Shares rose in Tokyo after economic growth for the April-June quarter was revised upward to an annualized 1.9% from an earlier estimate of 1.3%. “Any feel-good factor was ignored, though, given the climb was less than half of the 4.20% fall in Q1,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. “Japan will be lucky to break even this year as the current Covid-19 wave will almost certainly have weighed on domestic consumption,” he said.

September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

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