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Kasékò is a musical genre from French Guiana. It also designates the drums as well as the dance of this musical genre. This is a fusion of African, European and American styles.

Like gwo ka and bélé, Kasékò from French Guyana is also a rhythm and a dance and is played with 3 drums and a Ti-bwa.[1]


The Guianan Creole term Kasékò derives from the French expression casser le corps (break the body) which was used during slavery in French Guiana to indicate a swift dance.



Kasékò is an autogenic music based on the traditional dances of slaves and mixed with European and Amerindian cultural contributions.


The Kasékò is played with four instruments :

  • Tibwa or ti-bwa ;
  • Three "tanbou" (drum) :
    • Tanbou foulé or foulé kasékò,
    • Tanbou koupé or dékoupé,
    • Tanbou plonbé or foulé fon.


  1. ^ "Traditional dance". Zil’OKa GROUP: Traditional dance from French West Indies. Retrieved July 6, 2009.

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