The Toronto music scene is mourning the loss of a beloved figure, sound selecta Troopa, who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. Friends, family, and fans have taken to social media to express their shock, disbelief, and heartfelt condolences.
Troopa, a well-known selecta on Toronto’s King Majesty Sound, was a dedicated enthusiast of sound clashes and a great motivator for young talent he encountered. DJ Ron Nelson, a prominent figure in hip-hop and dancehall, remembered Troopa as someone who loved everybody, always wore a smile, and exuded boundless energy and enthusiasm for life. Troopa’s charisma and positivity made him one of the most beloved selectors and emcees in the local music scene.
The news of Troopa’s passing left many in the dancehall community in disbelief. Lovenics paid tribute to Troopa as “truly one of a kind” and lamented that the Toronto dancehall scene would never be the same. JenniferbayG shared how Troopa had supported and encouraged her in her musical endeavors, even when he couldn’t attend her events. She fondly remembered his unwavering support and infectious vibes.
Long-time friend and fellow DJ, Marvin Chin, expressed the complex mix of emotions that Troopa’s passing has evoked. He acknowledged Troopa’s private struggle and the profound impact Troopa had on the lives of those around him. Chin lamented that the hoped-for final performance as King Majesty-Marvin Chin and Troopa would remain unfulfilled but promised to carry on Troopa’s legacy.
To honor Troopa’s memory, a candlelight vigil was held at the Merigold Restaurant in Scarborough on Thursday, August 31st. The event provided an opportunity for the Toronto music community to come together and celebrate the life of a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on the city’s vibrant music scene.