The ever-exploratory folks at Strut Records have been to Peru, they've been to Haiti (loads of times) and they've been all over mainland Africa. Now it appears they've been to Maurtius, where they uncovered an album's worth of Séga, the traditional music of the island nation.
The 'blues of the Indian ocean' that you can hear on Soul Sok Séga has origins in slave culture from the 17th to 19th century but by the 1970s (when all the music on this album was recorded) the genre had developed a completely unique sound of its own, with influences from Western funk, soul, and jazz playing alongside the traditional instruments, Creole language and typical 6/8 time signature.
The album also comes with artists interviews, photos and original artwork to accomapny the music that's never gone beyond Mauritian shores before now.
Soul Sok Séga is released on Strut Records on 22nd January - pre-orders available now
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