Born: Dec 21, 1968
Died: June 9, 2005
Suriname’s most popular dancehall singer/performer Papa Touwtjie (Johan Touwslager) rose to fame with a cover version of Jamaica’s Terror Fabulous’ hit song ‘Gangster’, after serving time for petty crimes. He subsequently became a dancehall/reggae icon in Suriname and influenced a lot of young artists in the dancehall/reggae scene. ‘Papa T’, was extremely popular among the youth and underprivileged people in the Surinamese society. In his songs he
took a stand against poverty, other
social problems and was often the
centre of controversy with his protest songs, strong language and lyrics
against the political establishment.
During a family quarrel which escalated and resulted in a shooting, Papa Touwtjie was shot dead by his own brother on June 9, 2005.