Music and dance have a prominent role in the
Seychelles culture that carries traces from both Africa
and Europe and Asia.
A traditional dance and music style is the moutia
that originated from the slave era when it gave the
opportunity to get out for complaints about harsh living
conditions. Sega is a similar style of music and dance
that is also found on other islands in the region. Among
the most famous musicians are Sonny Morgan, who now
lives in Australia. Seychelles music has also taken the
impression of, among other things, French pop and folk
music, polka, mazurka and country music. Reggae and hip
hop have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Latest population statistics of Seychelles, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The Seychelles have a lively artist scene in
proportion to their size, with many active artists and
sculptors. Most famous is the painter Michael Adams,
whose work is largely sold in Europe. Internationally
known is the sculptor Ousmane Sow. His most famous work
is a sculpture by two Nubian wrestlers, which he made
after a photograph taken by the controversial German
photographer Leni Riefenstahl.
Seychelles is investing $ 15 million to protect ocean areas
Seychelles has raised $ 15 million through so-called blue bonds to protect
the marine environment and the country's fishing waters. A
210,000-square-kilometer sea area must be established, where fishing must be
restricted, no oil exploration and other major projects may occur. An American
nature conservation group, the Nature Conservancy, paid $ 22 million on the
country's foreign debt in exchange for Seychelles agreeing to protect about a
third of its marine areas.
Free Trade Agreement in Africa
Seychelles is one of 44 countries to sign a Free Trade Agreement at the
African Union Summit in Rwanda. The agreement must be ratified at the national
level before the AFCFTA free trade area can become a reality, but it is seen as
a historically important step towards increased trade exchange within Africa.
Defense agreement with India in jeopardy
Representatives of the opposition Seychelles Democratic Alliance (Linyon
Democracy Seselwa), which controls the National Assembly oppose a defense
cooperation with India, according to which the Indian defense would build a
military base on one of the outer islands. India wants the base there to better
assist merchant vessels in the Indian Ocean. The government wants to push
through the agreement, which it believes would strengthen the country's
coastguard work to counter illegal fishing, prevent drug smuggling and fight
pirates at sea. Behind the opposition's opposition to the agreement is a fear
that Indian workers will have too much influence over the economy, but also a
reluctance for another state to have the right to establish its own military
base in Seychelles territory.