Sega is one of the major music genres of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Every Mauritian is brought up with the Sega dance with its rhythmic, engaging music and colourful lyrics, the Sega is regarded nationally as a dance that expresses freedom and ’ joie de vivre’.
Despite this ‘feel-good’ vibe, it is interesting to note that the dance actually originated from slaves brought from Africa. Dancing around the fire at the end of a hard day’s work was their way of temporarily dispelling the painful moments of their miserable lives. Also it was sung to protest against injustices against the Mauritian people, this particular version of the Sega is known as’ Santé engagé’.
Sunset sega spectacular at la Pirogue
Today, however, sega has been adopted as the national dance of Mauritius. Traditional sega is played with the basic instruments known as the ravane, the maravane and the triangle. The beat of the drums, the shuffling of feet and the swaying of hips are part and parcel of the music.
At La Pirogue sega is a celebration and a feast for your eyes and ears. On Tuesdays, at the Beach Bar, the dancers welcome you with a Sunset Sega spectacular and on Thursday nights, the Sega dancers provide traditional and modern entertainment whilst you enjoy a superb authentic Mauritian buffet at the main restaurant Thatches. On Friday nights, to start the weekend in style, traditional sega awaits you at the seafood buffet on the beach, a stunning location for dancing and having fun.
The sega dance troupes at the 4 star La Pirogue resort are composed of nine dancers including Marianna Herminette who has been dancing for ten years and Benoit Joorun who has danced Sega for thirteen years. They operate under the guidance and supervision of the Entertainment Manager, Vardeyen Soopaya, so that you can relax and enjoy the show and allow these special rhythms to end your evenings in true Mauritian style.