Jocelyne Labylle Biography

Born on January 7, 1973, in Saint Claude on the West Indian Island of Guadeloupe, Jocelyn Labylle was attracted to the world of show business at an early age. Her dream of sequins and gloss was largely fostered by her mother's success as a dancer in Karabina, the most famous folklore dance group in Guadeloupe. In 1992 Labylle joined the group Elodie; in 1994 she joined Zouk Orchestra. She appeared on the covers of all their albums. In 2000, Jocelyn Labylle returned to this studio to record her second album. She released the single "J'ai depose les clefs," which means I left my keys. The single was followed by the album Ma Petite Lumiere (My little light). The album features "Parle-moid'elle" and was written by Harry Diboula.


Long before her consecration at the African Music Awards in 1998 with the award for Best Caribbean album, Jocelyne Labylle already had some feathers in her cap, notably in 1997 with the hit "Quandtuveux". Her Simple lyrics depict everyday stories. She has a pleasant voice which is brought to the fore with ambitious zouk melodies and without fioritura. This is the secret to success that proves itself day after day. The track "Laisseparler les gens", which Jocelyn Labylle sang with Cheela and Jacob Desvarieux, shot to the top of the singles charts, selling 700,000 copies plus 200,000 copies of the album.

After performing on three of their albums, Labylle left to pursue a solo career. She teamed up with Federick Caracas, Harry Diboula, Jacob Desvarieux and Liso to record the single "Quandtuveux". Months later, the album On Verra was released. In 2003, Labylle teamed up with Cheela, Passi and Jacob Desvarieux for the single "LaisseParler Les Gens". The song sold more than 1 million copies and was nominated for a Victoires de la Musique award. In 2007 she collaborated with Haitian musician Roberto Martino of the Compas group T-Vice for his single "J'aimeraiste revoir"

In June 2004, Jocelyn Labylle represented the West Indies at the Ebony Festival in Senegal's capital city of Dakar. That same year, she brought out a single, "Day O", with Marina Ursule and Jacob Desvarieux. She also made an appearance on the disc, "Crossing West indies Haiti" by Haitian group T-Vice, for whom she wrote the track "Toujoul ". The two groups shared the same manager, who initiated an enduring partnership.

Some of the collaborations Labylle had made over previous years were released together alongside new material in the album the singer brought out in 2010, "An Ti FanmGwada", marking her return to zouk.

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