8 years ago … Kaya dies in a prison cell

kaya.jpg

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,….

One response to “8 years ago … Kaya dies in a prison cell

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s