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Mauritius: Sega

Mauritius: Sega

If there is one tradition that best represents Mauritian history, it is Sega. Sega is a style of music AND a style of dance that started with the African slaves that lived on Mauritius in the 18th century.

Sega songs are sung in Mauritian Creole. This is a language that mixes French and several African languages. This language was created as a way for slaves who spoke different African languages to communicate. The words of the first Sega songs talked about hardship and wanting freedom.

Today, Sega is the national dance and music of Mauritius, and people of every culture enjoy its toe-tapping rhythms. Performers still sing in Mauritian Creole, but modern songs talk about love. The traditional outfits were simple and white, but for modern day performances the dancers wear brightly colored costumes.

Jenny

 

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