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Free Content Sonic landscape of seggae: Mauritian sega rhythm meets Jamaican roots reggae

Seggae is a music genre that developed on mainland Mauritius. It stems from Mauritian sega, which is a polymorphous practice of dance, music, rhythms, story-telling, and song in the Creole language, developed by enslaved Africans under French colonialism. In the 1980s, various sega artists (and Kaya especially, who was hailed as the father of seggae), developed a commitment to the new music genre from the influence of Jamaican Bob Marley’s roots reggae and the Rastafari philosophy. The sonic landscape and politics of seggae will be discussed through the framework of indigenization and epistemologies of resistance against the residual coloniality of power in Mauritius.

Keywords: Bob Marley; Creole; Jamaica; Kaya; Mauritius; coloniality; roots reggae; seggae

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Goldsmiths, University of London

Publication date: April 1, 2018

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