Rodrigues Sega tambour joins Sega Tipik and Geet Gawai at UNESCO World Heritage. The decision was made this morning, Thursday, December 7, in South Korea, where the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO on the island of Jeju is taking place.

The Minister of Arts and Culture Pradeep Roopun, for two minutes, defended the case. “We will continue to work with UNESCO to protect our heritage,” he said before the broadcast of a video on the history of the sega drum.

The origins of the Sega tambour go back to the North and West regions of Rodrigues. “According to the oral history, these places correspond to hiding places where maroon slaves played sega drum in sign of resistance, rebellion but also of communication”, can read in the file presented by Mauritius.

Regarding the instruments, there is the essential drum: the ravanne. The musicians also play the triangle, the mayos – two wooden sticks hit against each other – two cans of empty preserves struck or rubbed against each other. If, originally, only the men played drums, the women also began to play, over time. As for dance, it is codified. Men wearing trousers and a shirt, while woman wear dress or skirt.