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Seychelles Info

Seychelles Music & Dance

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The Roots of Seychellois Music

The music of the Seychelles reveals a cross-section of the nation’s history. It is a blend of African slave music with the dance styles of the European enslavers freely mixed with pop, blues and even country influences. It is a festive, hopeful, optimistic, angry music that has often been frowned upon and suppressed by the more respectable elements of society, but it has always triumphed and continues to reach an ever-wider audience of enthusiastic fans. Since the 1970s, it has been the basis for pop-oriented styles that have spread to the hip dance clubs of Europe, and artists from the Seychelles who were once only known locally have now become figures of international fame.

Seychelles Visa Requirements

Short Stay Visitors

People from most of the countries in the world do not need a visa to enjoy a holiday in the Seychelles. There are some documents that each visitor is required to show to the immigration officials at the Seychelles International Airport in order to get immigration clearance and enter this beautiful country. People travelling in a tour package will be informed of the required documents by their tour company. Some packaged tours will arrange the requirements in advance of the travel time.

The documents that are required are:

Seychelles Religion + Culture

The rich culture of the Seychelles is a melting pot of the many different types of people who settled the islands, each of whom have left their mark. From the 17th century pirates and corsairs who used the Seychelles as a sanctuary to the French settlers and their dependents who established the archipelago's spice and coconut plantations, from the Tamil and Chinese merchants who set up the region's first small businesses to the British colonials who transformed the Seychelles economically, each wave of new residents contributed something unique to the remarkable blend of language, music, arts and religion that characterizes the Seychelles.

The Fishing Industry

Tourism and fishing are the two most important industries for the economy of Seychelles. In 2009, tourism was surpassed by industrial fishing as the highest foreign exchange earner. Tuna fishing is the highest earner. Licencing fees are also growing that are paid by foreign companies that trawl in Seychelles’ territorial water.

Seychelles is a Small Island Development State (SIDS) and does not have land resources. It is also vulnerable to climate changes. It depends on tourism and fishing, both of which need to be protected. Because Seychelles has to import about 90 per cent of what it consumes, it has a trade deficit and foreign currency deficit.

Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA)

Fisheries are under the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Transport. The Seychelles Fishing Authority is the executive body that is responsible for fisheries. The Fishing Boat Owner’s Association (FBOA) is the other important stakeholder in fisheries.

Seychelles Language

The Seychelles Islands have three official languages: English, French and Creole. Of the three, Creole is by far the most popular, spoken by 95 percent of the Seychellois or 70,000 people. Eighteen million other readers and writers around the world also use the language upon occasion.

Since 1976 when the Seychelles achieved independence, the government of the Seychelles has worked to promote Seychellois Creole. The language has its own grammar and its own script. In 1981, the government established the Lenstiti Kreol, an institution charged with standardizing the spelling and the grammar of Seychellois Creole. Every year at the Kreol Festival, the institute hosts a get together for writers and linguists, inviting them for input into developing the language formally. Although English remains the official language for business and the government, Seychellois Creole is the language of most everyday conversation.

Weather & When Best To Go

The weather is one of the many things that makes the Seychelles such a special destination, all year round.

With an average temperature of 27°C, and a range that rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C it is rarely too hot and almost always perfect beach weather.

Of course, like anywhere in the tropics it does rain, but showers tend to be brief, lasting just a couple of hours, and are often localised to one island or even just one area of an island.

During the year the driest months are between May and September, with the wettest weather in November, December and January - but even during these months there will be plenty of sunshine before and after the showers.

Seychelles Money

Before you arrive in the Seychelles, it is helpful to understand the local policies when it comes to purchasing goods and services during your stay. While many local establishments are happy to take Euros or U.S. Dollars in payment, there are still many places where it is easier to make your transactions with the local currency.

The Local Currency

The Seychelles Rupee (Rs) is the official currency of the Seychelles. One Rupee = 100 cents. The currency is divided into both paper and coin form. Currency is minted in the following denominations.

Paper Notes: Rs500 – Rs100 – Rs50 – Rs25 – Rs10

Coins: Rs5 – Rs1 – 25 cents – 10 cents – 5 cents – 1 cent

The Exchange Rate

As is the case with all currencies, the exchange rate for the Seychelles Rupee varies from day to day. There is also some variation between the rates charged by banks and other authorized exchange facilities. The latest median exchange rates as of February 22, 2012 are illustrated in the chart shown below.

Seychelles Politics + Government

The Republic of Seychelles, a country consisting of well over a hundred islands on the western edge of the Indian Ocean, has always been a vital link in the commerce between Asia and Africa. France took control in 1756, naming the island chain after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, the Minister of Finance under Louis XV. The British and the French competed for control of the Seychelles from 1794 to 1810. Negotiations continued for a few years until 1814 when France finally ceded of possession of the colony of Mauritius along with the Seychelles islands to the British.

Food & Drink

The cuisine that is uniquely Seychellois is actually a fusion of flavours from African, French, Chinese, Indian and English cooking. Over the centuries, spices have been combined to create a single flavour. The large selection of tangy, sweet, rich and spicy combinations makes the Seychellois cuisine a tourist attraction in itself. With hundreds of such flavours, Seychellois cuisine and beverages have a unique place in the world of cooking.

The Local Ingredients

Most of Seychellois cooking is based on seafood and chillies. With very little local transport of goods, the ingredients are super fresh and often directly from a garden or fishing boat. There are 10 different varieties of chilli, each with a distinct flavour, and each only suitable for a selection of particular dishes.

The roasted, grilled, fried, curried or raw fish is served with chatini or cooked vegetables including pumpkin, green mangoes or eggplant. The fish is also served with raw fruits and vegetables that may be served with vinaigrette.