Mauritian culture and food is a mix of influences from Africa, China, India, and France. Sega is the national music; the three main instruments are made by hand. Singer Linzy Bacbotte frequently performs for tourists visiting the island.
Le Morne Mountain is recognized as the birthplace of sega music. It served as a hideout for runaway slaves, who were brought to the island by Dutch, French, and British colonialists. Sega music developed out of songs they sang to express emotions.
Music producer Percy Yip Tong teaches students to play the ravanne, one of the traditional sega instruments. Seggae, a mixture of sega and reggae, has helped popularize the music outside of Mauritius.
Credits: Mauritius Sega Music
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A musical genre created by slaves who were first brought to Mauritius while under colonial rule, sega offered a way to express their suffering but later, freedom and liberation.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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