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The traditional dance of the Seychelles is the Moutia, which is accompanied by singing and has an African or Madagascan rhythm. Music and dance have always played a major role in the culture of the Seychelles and are still an important part of local festivities. The music of the Seychelles has African, Madagascan, and European roots and is played on percussion instruments, such as the drums and the tomtom, and on basic stringed instruments. Foreign influences were responsible for introducing the violin and the guitar to the region, both of which now play a significant part in its music. The most popular dance is the Sega, with its characteristic swaying of the hips, though the traditional Moutia, a mysterious, erotic dance that dates back to the days of slavery when the African slaves saw it as a rare opportunity to express their discontent, is also still popular. The Kanmtole is a classical dance imported from foreign shores, accompanied by banjos, an accordion, and a violin, making it reminiscent of both the Scottish square dance and the Contredanse of the French Royal Court. There are lots of song and dance groups in the Seychelles, ranging from traditional local groups to modern jazz, reggae, country, hip-hop, ballad, and classic rock.You may also get the chance to watch a choir perform traditional anthems with a repertoire that includes sacred, popular, ancient, and even evangelical pieces.

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    The traditional dance of the Seychelles is the Moutia.

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    The music of the Seychelles has African, Madagascan, and European roots and is played on percussion instruments like the drums and the tom-tom, as well as basic string instruments.

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