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Zafair Kaya

De Michel Vuillermet


Sunday February 21st 1999, Mauritius, Kaya a well-known popular singer died after being kept in custody. Riots burst out all over the country. This model democratic island was suddenly hit by a social hurricane with exceptional violence. The control autopsy revealed Kaya had been roughed up by the police.

The revolt flared up in the cities and the popular districts where Kaya, a rasta singer who launched a new music style SEGGAE. was the rebelling voice of all the youth but more specially of the mixed breed blacks. This new music genre: a mixture of Reggae and Sega -the traditional music of the island- conveys powerful ideas: mixed breeding, fusion and non-violence.