The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful blend of peoples of different races, cultures and religions. At different times in its history, people of African, European and Asian origin have come to Seychelles, bringing with them their distinct traditions and customs and contributing to the way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture.
One can see these influences at work throughout the domains of local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture.
Local artists continue to exhibit styles that echo the multi-ethnic backdrop of the islands and bear testament to the various influences which have come to bear. Creole music and dance have their roots in African, Malagasy and European cultures with rhythms traditionally accompanied by simple drums and string instruments which, today, include such recent imports as the violin and guitar.
The traditional moutya is an erotic dance derived from the days of slavery and still features today, together with the sega which is popular in many of the West Indian Ocean islands, including Mauritius, and Reunion. There is also the kamtole, reminiscent of the country reel, and the kontredanse, an import from the French court.
The favourite dish is curry and rice, which may be eaten two or three times a day. The curry may be either fish based or meat based. Coconut milk is often used in the curries. Some even consume curries comprising of both meat and fish. Seychelles proposes a delicious cuisine with blend of flavours that is definitely a feast to the taste buds. The different cultures have also maintain some of their own cuisine such as the Chinese and the European.
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