Lemonn lanmizik Sesel in perdi enn son pli bon zwer gitar bas. Sa se Jerry Etienne.
Jerry ti mor Mardi le 6 Zanvye apre ki i ti’n enplike dan en aksidan loto Beau Bel le 3 Zanvye ver 6er30 bomaten.
Aze 30-an, Jerry ti mor dan Younit Swen Entansif kot Lopital Sesel kot i ti’n admit depi zour ki i ti ganny aksidan.
Jerry ti en manm Warrior Band e in perform akote bokou lezot mizisyen Seselwa e in akonpanny plizyer santer tel ki Elijah, Mercenary, Regi, Marathon Man, Jahrimba.
In osi partisip dan plizyer spektak lokalman e menm reprezant Sesel dan konkour kiltirel kot Zwe Frankofoni an Liban an 2009.
Santer Elijah i dir: «Lost a great soldier …my bass man…ma friend…n a great musician…RIP.»
Artis e santer Berno Cedras in dekri Jerry konman en zenn artis avek bokou talan me ki’n kit nou tro zenn.
«Enkrwayab sa lavi … mon pa oule krwar Jerry in kit nou tro zenn ek en ta skill e i ti annan bokou ankor pour li ofer dan lanmizik,» Berno in dir.
Lo son kote, santer Jahrimba in remersye Jerry pour akonpanny li lo bann sanson parey ‘Kwa ki gou’, ‘Jah mersi’, ‘En vo nanryen’, ‘I depan lo ou’ ek ‘Nenport kote nou ete’.
Regi li i dir «Rest in peace brother. I difisil pour konpran.»
Dapre lapolis, letan sa aksidan ti arive, Jerry ti akonpannyen par trwa madanm dan en loto Suzuki Swift.
Touzour dapre lapolis, sa loto ki ti sorti anvil e ti pe al dan direksyon Tequila Boom ti perdi kontrol e tonm dan en pti rigol lo kote gos semen, kas baraz kot en sit konstriksyon e savir dan larivyer.
Se zofisye lapolis, zofisye Lazans Servis Teny Dife ek Sovtaz e lezot manm piblik ki ti la ki ti ede tir Jerry ki ti’n pri dan loto avan transport li Lopital Sessel. Se Jerry menm ki ti pe dray sa loto.
Son kondisyon ti ganny dekri konman kritik vi ki i ti’n sibir plizyer blesir lo diferan parti son lekor.
- A resident of Anse Boileau, in the Western part of the main Seychelles island of Mahé Jack Yokowo is thought to be amongst very few musicians on the island who play the Hawaiian steel guitar.
Yokowo is not really a common Seychellois name, proven by the fact that Jack was born of a Japanese father Tamosu Yokowo while his mother Raymonde Camille originates from La Digue the third most populated Seychelles island.
In an article published today, daily newspaper ‘Seychelles Nation’ describes Yokowo as someone who had a passion for music having played in a number of bands.
‘Mickey and the Buccaneers’, ‘Pat et ses ombres’ and more recently Country and Western band ‘The Amigos’ are some of the groups that Jack has formed part over the years.
Together with fellow musicians Jack playing mostly the guitar have been seen entertaining popular night spots across the island as well as musical concerts.
It’s his skills on the Hawaiian steel guitar though, that is thought to have brought him the most respect and admiration.
In an article for the Up Close page of the Seychelles Nation issue of February 19, 2013, John Lablache wrote that “Jack is probably most revered for his skills on the Hawaiian steel guitar, a feat that not many Seychellois can lay claim to. In fact, it is highly probable that Jack was the only Seychellois who played this instrument…”
Born May 15 1949 Jack Yokowo joined the Seychelles Government Survey Division after his studies which later earned him a cartographer’s course in Surrey, in the UK.
The passionate musician moved to Montreal, Canada at some point after getting married in the 1980’s but returned to Seychelles after 9 years.
The 65 year old veteran Hawaiian steel guitarist who passed away yesterday is the father of two daughters – Marcia and Lyn – and a son also called Jack.
He also has 5 siblings, one brother and four sisters, one of which is a nun, of the St Joseph of Cluny congregation, Sister Bernadette Yokowo.
This is a Roman Catholic Missionary Congregation established in France early in the 19th Century by Anne Marie Javouhey.
In 2012, Sister Claire Houareau became the first Seychellois to be elected superior general of the congregation of the sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.