The star Trisha Cee (Trisha C), who died on 29 March, was on the path to resounding popular success.
She was involved in a fatal road accident but died later that evening at the Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) due to medical negligence. The incident resulted in an uproar on social media. The following day, activists held protests calling for better health systems, road regulations and justice for the death of the artist. Several protesters were arrested during the protest but later released
It remains to be know whether there will be real justice.
Trisha was talented and would undoubtedly have continued to help her thrive. That dream has been denied to all of her fans and family. The consolation of her music remains.
News of her death sparked an outpour of grief on social media from friends, colleagues and fans.
Ayak Chol Deng Abyei wrote: “What a loss, what a devastating loss. Trisha C, was my chosen replacement as the MC for the Karaoke nights organized in Afex by DJ kryptonite. She was an extraordinary vocalist, and even an incredible composer; she was witty and knew how to work a crowd. Death, how cruel you are.”
Mclumoex Lri said: “You will truly be missed, Trisha Cee; rest well, my sister. Who is now going to call me Lungaser? Oh my, goodness, I can’t believe it.” The extra time hitmaker also took the time to emphasize unity amongst artists in the creative sector. He said: “Let us participating towards the rebuilding of the entertainment industry; celebrity beef is good, but if it can lead to the production of better music and quality visual, we can as well do music battles and many more.
Comedian Madual wrote: “Sister, I never meet you, but I know you through your beautiful voice I always heard on the radio. You made a huge impact in this industry. You had your style, which touched our hearts. Dear rest in peace, we love you, and I will never forget your beautiful voice.”
Below we track her rise through eight essential tracks. For those who followed her career, the list will spark memories and perhaps thoughts of what might have been. For anyone—within or outside of South Sudan—who have only heard about the artist upon her untimely death, this list is an introduction to what the fuss was about and why Trisha Cee was such a big deal.