Definition of sega in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Infectious dance music came from Ben Jam, with a swinging swaying set blending sega with Caribbean rhythms.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘DJ La showcased sega blended with electro sounds.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Among the dances are sega from the Indian Ocean.’
      • ‘You can dine by starlight on the terrace, bringing you nearer to the nightly entertainment (dinner-dance bands, traditional sega dancers).’
      • ‘We ran the gauntlet of samba musicians and sega dancers.’


Mid 19th century: apparently from Swahili.