GIS – August 7, 2015: A Sware Sega Tipik to celebrate the inscription of the Traditional Mauritian Sega Tipik on the world heritage of the UNESCO World list of Intangible Heritage is scheduled on Friday 14 August 2015 at the Institut Francais de Maurice (IFM).
Presenting the event at a press conference yesterday in Port Louis, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Santaram Baboo, pointed out that the Sega Tipik is a cultural expression shared by different communities in Mauritius through songs and dances. Our ancestors used to narrate their woes and their daily lives through the Sega Tipik, he stated. The fact that the Sega Tipik has been inscribed on UNESCO World list of Intangible Heritage is a matter of pride for the country, and it is important to promote this art form among the future generation, added the Minister.
The Sware Sega Tipik is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture and the IFM. The event divided in two segments, comprises the official ceremony, the launching of a CD and the broadcasting of a documentary on the Sega Tipik, and a musical show.
Four hundred seats will be available, with free entrance. However, admittance will be based solely on presentation of an entry ticket which can be obtained from the IFM and the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture.
The Sega Tipik
Inscribed in 2014 (9.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the traditional Mauritian Sega Tipik is a vibrant performing art, emblematic of the Creole community and performed at informal private family events or in public spaces. Songs sung in a minor key gradually increase in tempo, as dancers move their hips and hands to a percussive beat, using short steps to manoeuvre around each other in a variety of different formations.
Each soloist improvises lyrics in the Creole language, sometimes blended with other languages, while a frame drum, box rattle and triangle keep time and produce the rhythmic beat. Sega songs can talk of love or address everyday challenges and concerns, with the meaning often enacted through the choreography.
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