Strut Explores The Uniquely Funky Music of Mauritius on Soul Sok Sega

Soul Sok Sega cover finalSéga is the traditional music of Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar) and is known as the “blues” of the Indian Ocean. The music was born during the 17th to 19th centuries by African slaves seeking relief from harsh conditions in sugar cane fields and on colonial land by dancing to improvised music incorporating rhythms from their homelands in West Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar or Madagascar. From these diverse African influences sprang a new, insular dance and music, the séga.

Though initially looked down upon, by the mid-1960s séga music had become a symbol of national pride and identity for Mauritius. With the advent of electric instruments, the influx of funk, soul and jazz from the West and the growth of LPs, séga went commercial. Dancefloors started grooving to a more soulful, funky séga beat and séga artists popped up all over the island with a new generation of charismatic singers becoming national stars. Séga, sung in Créole, now united all the communities of the island. Mauritians from the European, African, Indian and Chinese communities, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, all danced and enjoyed séga.

00A382Following excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the Sofrito series, and the Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70 albums, we’re proud to present a collection exploring the incredible séga sounds that emerged from Mauritius during the 1970s, Soul Sok Séga, compiled by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion.

Soul Sok Sega (out 22nd of January 2016) features extensive sleeve 00A373notes from long time Mauritian cultural champion, Percy Yip Tong, including new artist interviews, photos and original vinyl artwork. All formats (1CD / 2LP / digital) are unmixed, made up completely of tracks that have never been re-issued internationally.

Pre-orders are available now, and a preview track (“Sega Lenoir,” by Les Stardust) is streaming below.

TRACKLISTING

  1. TI L’AFRIQUE – SOUL SOCK SÉGA
  2. JEAN-CLAUDE – MADEMOISELLE
  3. GEORGIE JOE – ELIZA
  4. JOHN KENNETH NELSON – MANUEL BITOR
  5. MARIE JOSÉE & ROGER CLENCY – LA VIE EN BADINAGE
  6. CLAUDIO – BONOM CHINOIS
  7. LES STARDUST – SÉGA LENOIR
  8. COULOUCE – L’AMOUR ARTIFICIEL (SOUL SÉGA)
  9. CLAUDIO – BHAÏ ABOO
  10. CHRISTOPHE – MO PARRAIN
  11. CYRIL LABONNE – POP SOUL SÉGA
  12. HAROLD BERTY – MONE LASSER DIRE TOI
  13. MICHEL LEGRIS – ELIDA
  14. CATHERINE VELIENNE – MO MARI FINI ALLÉ
  15. JEAN-CLAUDE – SÉGA SOUVAL
  16. RAMONE – NOUVEAU VENU DANS L’ENDROIT
  17. JOHN KENNETH NELSON – Z’ENFANT MISÈRE
  18. GEORGES JEAN LOUIS – AFRO MAURICIEN
  19. YOYO – COCO MAMZELLE
  20. CHRISTIAN TOSSÉ – MADAME ZEAN
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