Tonton David, an important figure in the growth of reggae and raggamuffin in France in the 90s, has died in Metz aged 53. Hit songs like “Chacun sa route” marked a generation of disenchanted youth.
Born David Grammont in 1967 on the French overseas island of Réunion, Tonton David (Uncle David in English) discovered raggamuffin and dancehall alongside the Jamaican community in London in 1987.
He was a pioneer of the genre in France and had his first reggae hit with the song “Peuples du monde” (1990). It featured on the mythic French rap compilation “Rapattitude” and on his own “Le Blues des Racailles”.