Music from Mauritius
Traditional Mauritian music is known as Sega music, although other genres such as reggae, zouk and souk are also quite popular. Among the best known traditional Mauritian sega singers are Tiflére, Marlene Labaton, Serge Lebrasse, Michel Legris, and Fanfan.
The musicians in Mauritius are very talented and over the years Mauritian music has developed to international standards. There are many jazz and blues artists on the island.
Sega, Seggae and Reggae are still the most popular music produced in Mauritius by Mauritian artists. Thanks to a decent internet connection, we see more developed artists making RnB, hip-hop, soul, dubstep, club, techno and other world-renowned music these days.
The sega is usually sung in Creole (the native language of the Mauritians). Many singers had thought about performing the English version of the sega songs as well, but later decided against it in order to preserve the uniqueness and cultural richness of the local music of Mauritius.
The original instruments are fast disappearing, making way for the more conventional orchestral ensemble. But everywhere in the fishing villages along the coast, the traditional instruments such as the “ravanne”, “triangle”, the “maravanne” and the traditional guitar are still used.
In 2015, some of the best known Mauritian Sega artists were – Alain Ramanisum, Desire Francois, Ziakazom.
The cuisine of Mauritius
Cuisine of Mauritius is a combination of Chinese, European and Indian contributions during the history of Mauritius. Dishes from French cuisine have become very popular in Mauritius. Most of the dishes and practices in the culinary traditions are inspired by former slaves, Indian workers and Chinese migrants during the 19th century.
Mauritius has a strong attachment to French culture and excuses a French “savoir vivre”. The great importance of French cuisine, such as bouillon, tuna salad, daube, civet de livre, coq au vin, etc., accompanied by good wine, indicates that French influence is still prevalent in Mauritius today. Over the years, some have been adapted to the island’s more exotic ingredients to give them a unique flavour and not consist of Caribbean cuisine.
Sport in Mauritius
The most popular sport in Mauritius is football and the national team is Club M. Among some other popular sports in Mauritius are biking, ping-pong, badminton, basketball, volleyball, handball, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, bodybuilding, and athletics. Water sports include swimming, sailing, diving and water skiing.
Horse racing, which dates back to 1812 when the Champ de Mars racecourse was inaugurated, remains very popular. The country hosted the second (1985) and fifth (2003) editions of the Indian Ocean Island Games. The first Olympic medal for Mauritius was won at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing by boxer Bruno Jury when he took the bronze medal.
As for golf, the former Mauritius Open and the present AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open are part of the European Tour.