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6 musical instruments used in Seychelles traditional music

Written by on 11 May 2020

Music and dance have always played a prominent role in Seychelles’ culture and in all types of local festivities.

After the abolition of slavery and the shift in power from the French to the British, the musical instruments became more common with the new dance forms that appeared in Seychelles. Many traditional bands were formed with the birth of ‘kanmtole’ and ‘kontredans’ — traditional dances of European origin.

According to a member of group ‘Leve Tradisyon,’ Brian Matombe, a well-known musician and singer, six musical instruments were needed for a traditional band