Album cover for Soul Sok Sega
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DJ Rita Ray's African tracks: Coco Mamzelle by Yoyo

Sega is the traditional blues of Mauritius, created by the slaves brought to the Indian Ocean island from Zanzibar, Madagascar, Mozambique and West Africa.

In the 1960s the raw sounds of the music became emblematic of national pride and the next decade brought sega into the mainstream and acceptance with the addition of soul, reggae and even Sufi spiritual qawwali music.

The album Soul Sok Sega is a compilation of the best and biggest sega sounds from 1973 to 1979.

Listen to a sample from Coco Mamzelle by Yoyo, a soulful slice of psychedelic Mauritian sega.

  • 12 Mar 2016