V/A "Soul Sok Sega"

V/A "Soul Sok Sega"

2X Vinyl LP - $31.99

Séga 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.

Following 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.


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 
9. Claudio - Bhai 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 

Type: Music

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