Various Artists – Moris Zekler: Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70’s Mauritius (2020) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Various Artists – Moris Zekler: Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70’s Mauritius (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:22 minutes | 479 MB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Born Bad Records

Created at the crossroads of Afro-Malagasy, the 70s strain fused Western and Indian cultures, pop, soul and funk arrangements, syncopated polyrhythms, saturated guitars, psychedelic organs and Creole vocals. Although the exact origins of sega remain unknown, it contains vocal and percussive practices that originated from Madagascar, Mozambique and East Africa. A social escape and a space for improvisation, satire and verbal jousting, it transcended everyday life and made room for the expression of conflicts and the transgression of taboos. The main instrument of sega is the ravanne, a large tambourine like drum made of a large wooden frame and goat skin. It is accompanied by the maravanne, a rectangular rattle filled with seeds, and other homemade forms of percussion.

In the Indian Ocean (or rather on its islands), one sega can hide another. This Creole dance music is sometimes played in traditional costume on traditional instruments, a bit like a postcard. But in the 70s, a new form of creolisation emerged: the sega of rockers, long-haired youngsters in flares with electric guitars. For a handful of years, record diggers from all over the world have been exploiting this vein. It started in 2016 with the Soul Sok Sega compilation by the English label Strut, then the two Soul Sega Sa! compilations from the Swiss label Bongo Joe. And now it’s the French label Born Bad Records’s turn to bring Mauritius to the fishing ground for old electric sega singles. The traditional instrument of the Mauritian sega is the ravanne, a large goatskin drum which is often used for the typical ternary rhythms. On Moris Zekler’s thirteen tracks, you can still hear the ravanne rhythm, but it becomes a crowded dance floor where psychedelic guitars and electric organs go wild. Mixed with a western style (rock, soul, funk), this sega remains a rustic, sticky, often melancholic and offbeat tropical music, which always seems to have been recorded in the open air under a blazing sun rather than in an air-conditioned studio. – Stéphane Deschamps


01. Harold Berty – Django
02. Ti L’Afrique – Pop Soul Sega
03. Claudio – Qui fine arrivé
04. Paul Labonne – Ti Malgache ti madras
05. George Gabriel – Pop Sega
06. Features of Life – Soul Sabattah
07. Roland Fatime – S.i.l.v.i.e
08. Jean Claude – Machin sex
09. Joss Henri – Apollo Pop 76
10. Coulouce – Beau-père
11. John Kenneth Nelson – Change to manière
12. Lelou Menwar – Capito
13. Daniel Delord – Maria