well to begin most dominicans do not really claim zouk, when they speak of dominican music they would first mention cadencelypso. yet some domincans do claim zouk and rightfully so. the influence is undeniable, when even kassav the creators of zouk admit it was just a progression of our music. like the story states zouk was originally formed in guadeloupe under the influence of well established dominican bands, so in reality we were there from the beginning. it later spread to martinique and was fine tuned from there. jeff joe and jacob were very good friends and even up to today the legacy continues dominicans and guadeloupeans jam together all the time. thousands of dominicans have been living there from them times and currently reside in guadeloupe all now. thats why for me personally i will claim zouk as our music also.I have always heard zouk to have come out of Martinique and Guadeloupe. Its roots vary but enough to claim it is Dominican?
Is this your view? Zouk - Tracing the History of the Music to its Dominican Roots
look at the pictures and listen to the song
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r.i.p to jeff, but there were more who played major roles who still alive now, dont forget bout the midnight groovers, exile one, belles combo etc...nobody should say we cant claim zouk...