Following successful excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the ‘Sofrito’ series, ‘Haiti Direct’ and ‘Calypsoul 70’ albums, Strut Records turns its focus to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius for a new compilation, ‘Soul Sok Sega’. Sega first developed as an insular music and dance form after slaves arrived on Mauritius (then ile de France) from East Africa and Madagascar during the 17th to 19th centuries, using Creole language and rhythms played on the large ravanne circular drum, the triangle and the maravanne, a box filled with dried seeds. Sega was essentially frowned upon and marginalised by the Mauritian bourgeois until the 1950’s when singer Ti Frere began to play a more westernised fusion of sega. Through Ti Frere and his contemporaries like Serge Lebrasse, the music began to be popularised during the 60’s and became fully excepted after the ‘Night Of The Morne’ event in 1964 as the Creole community asserted its cultural identity. ‘Soul Sok Sega’ documents the heyday of sega in Mauritius during the 1970s as a generation of contemporary artists broke through. Jazz, soul, funk and rock elements all began to be effortlessly infused into traditional sega folk roots to create some inspired fusions.