Music of Seychelles


Music of Seychelles
Music of Southern Africa
Botswana Botswana
Comoros Comoros
Lesotho Lesotho
Madagascar Madagascar
Malawi Malawi
Mauritius Mauritius
Mayotte Mayotte
Mozambique Mozambique
Namibia Namibia
Réunion Réunion
Seychelles Seychelles
South Africa South Africa
Swaziland Swaziland
Zambia Zambia
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

The Seychelles, which is an independent island chain in the Indian Ocean, formerly a colony of both Britain and France has a distinct kind of music. Folk music incorporates multiple influences in a syncretic fashion, including English contredanse, polka and mazurka, French folk and pop, sega from Mauritius and Réunion, taarab, zouk, soukous moutya and other pan-African genres of and Polynesian, Indian and Arcadian music. A complex form of percussion music called contombley is popular, along with combinations of Sega and Reggae called Seggae and combinations of Moutya and Reggae called Mouggae, as is Montea, a fusion of native folk rhythms with Kenyan benga developed by Patrick Victor. Jean Marc Volcy is another famous Seychellois musician who has brought a modern touch to traditional music. He has several albums including Sove Lavi.

The growth of Seychelles music has since seen the adoption of a blend of contemporary reggae and mainstream, international popular music.Such acts as "Mercenary" or Mersener.

References

  • Ewens, Graeme and Werner Graebner. "A Lightness of Touch". 2000. In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.), World Music, Vol. 1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East, pp 505-508. Rough Guides Ltd, Penguin Books. ISBN 1-85828-636-0

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