On that Sunday, the 22nd of Febraury 1999, Joseph Reginald Topize – alias Kaya – “mysteriously” died in a police cell. The circumstances of his death are till today very unclear but there is a general feeling in Mauritius that there was some foul play and this sparked rioting in the country.
Will we ever know the true circumstances behind all these events? I remain skeptical.
In addition to mourning the death of a man, that day we mourned the death of an artist. Kaya had invented a new musical genre, a fusion between the Reggae of Bob Marley and the Mauritian Sega. Seggae he called it and many of his songs wearing the mark of a Mauritian Musical genius have stayed – sime la limiere, ras couyon,….