Definition of sega in English:

sega

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A 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’
    • ‘Jessica, from Mauritius, displays the popular blending of traditional sega music with reggae.’
    • ‘DJ La showcased sega blended with electro sounds.’
    • ‘Bob's music pieces together elements of jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso and sega as well as the more modern hip hop and ska beats.’
    • ‘People in Betroka were playing sega and 'blues' (the common name for slow songs in Madagascar).’
    • ‘Infectious dance music came from Ben Jam, with a swinging swaying set blending sega with Caribbean rhythms.’
    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.’
      • ‘We ran the gauntlet of samba musicians and sega dancers.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: apparently from Swahili.

Pronunciation:

sega

/ˈseɪɡə/