Definition of sega in English:



mass noun
  • 1A style of music traditional in Mauritius, Réunion, and the Seychelles, characterized by a strong, syncopated beat produced by percussion instruments.

    ‘the language is Creole, the local music is sega, and the cuisine, too, is Creole-inspired’
    • ‘Bob's music pieces together elements of jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso and sega as well as the more modern hip hop and ska beats.’
    • ‘Infectious dance music came from Ben Jam, with a swinging swaying set blending sega with Caribbean rhythms.’
    • ‘DJ La showcased sega blended with electro sounds.’
    • ‘People in Betroka were playing sega and 'blues' (the common name for slow songs in Madagascar).’
    • ‘Jessica, from Mauritius, displays the popular blending of traditional sega music with reggae.’
    1. 1.1 The rhythmic, swaying dance performed to sega music.
      as modifier ‘you cannot return from the Seychelles without having acquired a new skill—sega dancing’
      • ‘You can dine by starlight on the terrace, bringing you nearer to the nightly entertainment (dinner-dance bands, traditional sega dancers).’
      • ‘Among the dances are sega from the Indian Ocean.’
      • ‘Mauritian sega dancing starts somewhere around the pelvis and doesn't stop until the dancers are limbo-arched backwards in a wild, shake-that-thing convulsion.’
      • ‘We ran the gauntlet of samba musicians and sega dancers.’


Mid 19th century: apparently from Swahili.