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Uploaded on May 10, 2008
This is a short extract from the documentary "Zafair Kaya". The clip features the song "Papitou" by one of the most famous Séga singers from Mauritius, Ti Frere (Jean Alphonse Ravaton).
Séga is the music/dance developed by the African and Malagasy slaves on the islands of the Indian Ocean. There are various types of Séga, this particular song being an example of Sega Tipik or Séga Typique (Traditional style from Mauritius).
The video also shows footage of the construction of a traditional drum, known in Mauritius as the Ravanne. The Ravanne is a large flat hand drum constructed from a goat skin, drawn taut over a wooden circular frame. Before being played, it is tuned over a fire.
The audio for the song is in Mauritian Creole, and the narration is in French. I'll maybe do an English subtitle version soon (most of the narration about the Ravanne I've mentioned above anyway).
You can find this song and more music by Ti Frere on the Ocora France release "Ile Maurice: Hommage a Ti Frere".