Jocelyne Béroard

Jocelyne Béroard (born 12 September 1954) is a Martinican singer and songwriter. She is one of the lead singers of the Zouk band Kassav'. As a solo artist, she helped create zouk, a music genre started by Kassav'. The main members are from Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Jocelyne Béroard
Jocelyne Beroard
Jocelyne Beroard
Background information
Born12 September 1954
Fort-de-France, Martinique
GenresZouk, compas, jazz
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter, actress
Years active1980s–present
LabelsEMI, Olivi, CBS, Georges DEBS
Associated actsKassav', Les Enfoirés, Les Voix de l'espoir, Les enfants sans noël


Béroard was born in Fort-de-France, Martinique, and studied in France, attending the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, before beginning to work with Caribbean artistes as a background singer in 1980.[1] She has served as a lead singer of Kassav' since 1983. She has also recorded several albums as a solo artist. In 1986, she won a Gold Disc for her album Siwo (the all-time biggest seller for an album by a female in the West Indies).[2] In 1987, she recorded a duet with Philippe Lavil, the hit single "Kolé séré", which peaked at number four in France. In 1999, she was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.[3]

In 2014, she sang "On n'oublie pas" (written by Serge Bilé) with several artists and personalities including Alpha Blondy, Harry Roselmack and Admiral T. This song is a tribute to the 152 victims Martinique of the crash of 16 August 2005, to remember this event and to help the AVCA, the association of the victims of the air disaster, to raise funds.[4]

She helped American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett write the song "Love and Luck", which appeared on the compilation album Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads. The song mentions the Kassav song "Kolé Sére".[5]

On 1 April 2019, it was announced on Kassav's official Facebook page that Béroard was to marry her longtime fellow Jacob Desvarieux, singer and musician of the band and that the festivities were to take place on the day Kassav' will celebrate their 40 years. The announcement later proved to be a joke for April Fools' Day.


Year Album Label
1987 Siwo Georges DEBS
1991 Milans CBS
2001 Kole Sere Olivi
2004 Madousinay EMI


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Siméon Roselyne
2005 Nèg maron Josua's mother
2016 Le Gang des Antillais the godmother

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Crossing Away Nadine a.k.a. Passagers. For the Tenth anniversary of the crash of the Martinique-Panama plane


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Rose and the Soldier Clémence a.k.a. Rose et le soldat.
2017 Le rêve français Betty

Awards and recognitionEdit



  • Prix SACEM SACEM Martinique Best Female (1991)
  • Prix SACEM Martinique of Best Songwriter ( for Ké sa lévé, 1995)
  • Prix SACEM SACEM Martinique Best Female (for Ahidjéré, song of the movie L’Exil de Behanzin, 1997)
  • Prix SACEM Martinique of Best Songwriter (for Eti’w, co-authored by Dédé Saint Prix, 1995)
  • Prix SACEM SACEM Martinique Best Female et Prix SACEM SACEM Martinique Best Ballad (with Giles Voyer) (for Pou I pe sa Tjenbe, 2008)


  • Gladys M. Francis, " Résister au compromis, crever la douleur, dire le silence : Entretien avec Jocelyne Béroard." Amour, sexe genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe Francophone. Coll. Espaces Littéraires, L'Harmattan, Paris, 2016, p. 227–250 (ISBN 978-2-3430-7395-8)


  1. ^ "The First Lady of Zouk", Saturday Express (Trinidad), 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Kassav'". Radio France Internationale.
  3. ^ "Decree of 13 July 1999". Journal officiel de la République française.
  4. ^ "Crash du 16 août : " On n'oublie pas "" [Crash of 16 August: "We don't forget"] (in French). Martinique France-Antilles.
  5. ^ "Love And Luck". Buffett World.
  6. ^ "France/Légion d'honneur :Décret du 13 juillet 1999 portant promotion et nomination" (in French). Legifrance.
  7. ^ "France/Légion d'honneur :Décret du 31 décembre 2013" (PDF) (in French).
  8. ^ "Taratata_Jocelyne Béroard" (in French). taratata.
  9. ^ "Jocelyne Béroard" (in French). Musique du Monde.

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