PICK THE WORLD! Seychelles


Today we visit: Seychelles

*The music of Seychelles is, and has always been, largely influenced by the instruments and the dance of the people who chose to make their homes here. So where did the Seychellois originally come from? Everywhere! This is why we call our country “the melting pot of cultures.”

JAKIM – MET PARE – seen below bringing his music to us

*From the arrival of our early ancestors, regardless of their origins, Seychellois were convivial people – friendly and always looking for a good time. Like our people, then, the mix of musical (and dance) styles adopted and created by Seychellois people reflects the diversity of cultures that exist harmoniously, influencing one other and often overlapping.

Kanmtole dancing – Listen and see if your feet don’t get to tappin’

Seychelles traditional dance

*Instruments in Seychelles The African settlers brought with them the bomb (also spelled “bonm”) and zez. Both are instruments with a single string. They also brought drums made of animal skin. The bomb and zez are solo instruments. Traditionally they were most often played on outer islands, where musical entertainment had not previously existed. Songs and lyrics that accompanied these instruments were slow and soft in nature and usually described island life in that era.

*Information from Wikipedia

*The introduction of the drum also inspired Sega music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LtTAao2tO0, which included a bare-footed dance around

a bonfire.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. badfish2
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 02:54:49

    Are you from Seychelles? I’ve been thinking about going there for a couple years now. Love the photos I see from there.

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    • Fimnora Westcaw
      Mar 21, 2015 @ 17:03:36

      I wish! I’ve been trying to move to a tropical place forever. Closest I’ve gotten is the too hot Texas. lol I just heard of Seychelles because it was part of a weekly event I participate in.

      So, are you going to Hawaii before or after Seychelles? Let me know which is nicer. I have to find a cruise liner which goes to either. 🙂

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      • badfish
        Mar 22, 2015 @ 00:39:18

        I lived in Texas. Texas is an oven in summer. Hawaii is very nice. It’s closer to you than Seychelles. But if you go to Seychelles you could hit numerous other exotic ports, too. Like Madagascar and Zanzibar.



        • Fimnora Westcaw
          Mar 22, 2015 @ 14:09:43

          Where in Texas? We lived there before moving up here, and plan to move back to a nicer part (aka cooler) of Texas.
          How far is Seychelles from the US east coast?

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          • badfish
            Mar 22, 2015 @ 23:40:30

            I lived in the armpit of Texas: El Paso. Nice people, bad everything else. It is exactly 8442 miles to Seychelles from NY, flying time 16 hours, 54 minutes. I think it must be hard to get to from where I am because the flight ticket costs twice the fare to Amsterdam! From US, you may have to hit a city in Africa first, and fly backward to Seychelles?

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  2. saskmandi
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 20:12:27

    I liked your videos on the Seychelles. They were great. I would love to go somewhere like this for real……maybe some day. I will keep dreaming until then.



  3. Lili
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 15:38:08

    Love the music and the wonderful traditional dancing Finmora! Thanks for posting this! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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