Soul Sega Sa ! Indian Ocean Segas From 70s

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BJR003 / Soul Sega Sa! (F)
Dans les îles vierges du Sud-Ouest de l'Océan Indien, à l'île Maurice, à la Réunion, et aux Seychelles des esclaves sont déportés depuis l'Afrique et Madagascar à partir du XVIIème siècle, pour cultiver le café puis la canne.
Dans les plantations, lors de rassemblements clandestins, ils s'évadent de leur quotidien grâce aux percussions, au chant et à la danse. C'est le tschiéga, chéga ou séga, d'influence Mozambique et Malgache.

Au cours du XIXème siècle, l'appropriation progressive par les populations créoles des instruments occidentaux et des traditions mélodiques de l'ancienne Europe (quadrilles, valses, polkas, scottish, romances, mazurkas) ainsi que l'apport culturel des travailleurs engagés venus d'Inde vont jeter les bases du séga moderne.

Ce carrefour d'influences ne va cesser de s'enrichir, en particulier à partir des années 50 qui marquent l'arrivée des premiers phonographes, qui jouent toutes sortes de variétés mais aussi du jazz, de la soul, du rock'n'roll, et même de la musique cubaine et brésilienne.

Pour le séga ce sont les prémices d'une période d'intense créativité qui va couvrir les années 60 et 70. Les instruments amplifiés débarquent, et guitares électriques, basses, batteries et claviers remplacent vite violons et accordéons.
La production discographique explose et voit l'avènement de nombreux micro-labels où officient des arrangeurs de génie comme Marclaine Antoine, Gérard Cimiotti, Eric Nelson, Claude Vinh San, ou Narmine Ducap qui vont explorer le séga sous ses multiples facettes.
Claviers psychédeliques, guitares fuzz et basses ondulantes s'invitent sur les furieuses polyrythmies ternaires des batteries, ravannes, bongos, claves, triangles et maracas, pour produire un style unique.

Ce sont quelques perles de cet âge d'or du ségas de l'île Maurice, des Seychelles et de la Réunion que voilà enfin compilées ici par FolkWelt et Bongo Joe records pour notre plus grand plaisir !

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BJR003 / Soul Sega Sa! (EN)
In the 17th century slaves were deported from Africa, Madagascar and the pristine islands of Mauritius, Réunion and the Seychelles in the South Western corner of the Indian Ocean to work on coffee and sugar cane plantations where they gathered secretly to escape their daily woes by singing, dancing and beating rhythms. Afro-Malagasy-inspired sega, or (t)chega music was born.

During the course of the 19th century, the Creole population’s gradual adoption of Western instruments and traditional melodies of old Europe (quadrille, waltz, polka, schottische, romance, mazurka) together with the cultural impact of hired workers from India, laid the foundation for contemporary sega.

This crossroads of influences kept expanding, especially in the 50s, when the first gramophones hit the market and all sorts of records were played, from pop to jazz, soul, rock and roll, and even Cuban and Brazilian music.
For sega music, this hailed the beginning of an intense period of creativity which would linger on into the 60s and 70s when amplified instruments appeared and violins and accordions were replaced by electric guitars, bass guitars, drums and keyboards.

Record production boomed, an abundance of micro-record labels emerged and immensely talented arrangers honed their skills. These included Marclaine Antoine, Gerard Cimiotti, Eric Nelson, Claude Vinh San and Narmine Ducap, who went on to explore the many facets of sega.
Psychedelic keyboards, fuzz guitars and bouncy bass lines came to complement the manic ternary polyrhythms of drums, ravannes, bongos, claves, triangles and maracas, and created a unique style.
FolkWelt and Bongo Joe Records have carefully selected and compiled some gems from this golden age of sega from Mauritius, the Seychelles and Reunion.

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released June 9, 2016

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