Kaya Joseph Reginald Topize ; KAYA (10 August 1960 – 21 February 1999)
Kaya, a Mauritian musician and the creator of “seggae”, a fusion of sega and reggae, two of the most popular music genres in Mauritius. He was a man singing for Mauritian people to unite as one, regardless of ethnicity and religion, where he delivers powerful lyrics urging the Mauritians to look at Africa for inspiration as a cure against division amongst selves. This identity crisis seen as a cancer, which has and is still creating confusion and division amongst the Mauritian people land in Kaya’s eyes the only remedy is through a greater understanding of the African History and the Mauritian culture.
February 16, 1999, the republican movement is organizing a free concert for the decriminalization of ganja and appealed to Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam for those imprisoned for possession of “gandia” (about 2000 or 75% of the prison population, for sentences ranging from several months to two years) to be amnestied. Kaya and his band was amongst the five groups who performed that day.
On that day, the crowd gathered quickly reaching about 2000 participants. As per their request; depenalisation of cannabis , many would light up their joints, causing the agents of the Special Supporting to be in place but however they did not intervene.
Two days later the state police decided to question five people identified as having smoked or induced to smoke cannabis during the concert of the 16th of February 1999, the very day i turned 8 of age. They were all leaders of the music bands performing and among them, Kaya, who admits to having smoked that night and finds himself immediately imprisoned in Alcatraz, detention center for the traditional big drug dealer and criminal.
Kaya was found dead in his cell on the morning of Sunday, February 21, 1999.
The official version states that Kaya, suffering from lack of drug, would have broken his skull, throwing himself against the walls of his cell. Against a second opinion requested by the wife of Kaya, conducted by a coroner Reunion, Dr. Ramstein, will also contradict this theory and show that the victim had been beaten. An example of injustice !
Short documentary on Kaya in french:
My most favourite songs; Kaya way of Unity
Soley ek bondie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf0LxpHPl78
Zistoir Revoltan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKaKoD3NGJA
Frer ek Ser : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSF6t_b8GuY
Lam sakrifis : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glo_–yEOGM