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Seychelles’ great musician Francois Havelock has passed away (1955-2013)

Seychelles’ great musician Francois Havelock has passed away (1955-2013) ( The Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange, has expressed his deepest sympathy to the family and to the many friends of Francois Havelock on the passing of this great veteran musician.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, I would like to join with all the people and artists of Seychelles, to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and all the relatives of Francois Havelock who has sadly left us all,” Minister St.Ange said.

Francois was famous for his traditional creole music. His interest in music started at a very tender age. His first gig was at the secondary school where he earned his well-deserved payment of R10 at that time. His passion for music led him to become a full-fledged guitarist specializing in lead and bass guitar.

Francois also contributed immensely to the National Troupe of Seychelles as a musician. Many Seychellois will remember him playing traditional music at weddings, and he was also very popular in the famous SBC TV program, “Bamboo Night Club.”

“I have known Francois for a very long time, and I am fully aware of the significant contribution he’s made in the history of Seychellois music to popularize our traditional music through his many memorable songs that will remain with us as fond memories of this great artist," the Minister said.

Minister Alain St.Ange also today recounted the Musical Tour of Europe he led in 1981 as the then Assistant Director of Tourism where Francois Havelock alongside Patrick Victor and others entertained many a tourism event with great success.


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