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Seychelles remains the leading Creole-speaking country, said Jean Clement Cangy, reputed journalist and author of Le Mauricien

Seychelles remains the leading Creole-speaking country, said Jean Clement Cangy, reputed journalist and author of Le Mauricien ( Seychelles has more reasons than ever to claim credit of its identity as the Creole capital of the world. In his article entitled “Seychelles the leading Creole-speaking country,” Jean Clement Cangy, author/journalist of the Le Mauricien newspaper, spells out that Seychelles is the “torch bearer” of the Creole-speaking world, and the country that remains proud of its culture and of its identity.

“It is without any doubt that Seychelles, hosting of its annual “Festival Kreol,” showcases the existing harmony of the Seychellois people within Creole-speaking countries,” said Jean Clement Cangy in his report.

“It also strengthens the existing bonds of cultural identities and propels a sense of modernity in Seychelles and its tourism industry,” Mr. Cangy said.
Jean Clement Cangy also underlines the statement made by Seychelles President James Michel of the Seychelles when he stated that through the annual “Festival Kreol,” Seychelles “honors its history, its origin, its identity, and its culture.”

In his statement, President Michel further expressed the importance for Seychellois to “remain the way we are as a person and a nation. Through hard work of each and everyone of us, we will be able to triumph and collectively preserve our culture.”

The Seychelles legacy of its Creole culture is a source of inspiration for its young people. Seychelles’ Creole Festival “is the perfect fusion of tradition and modernity,” elaborated Mr. Cangy of Mauritius.

Illustrating the contrast between modernity and tradition, Jean Clement Cangy touched on the “pipili Kreol,” which is the serenade of young people that takes place yearly in the heart of Victoria and the live concert of Seychelles local artists. “There were three hundred in total coming from all corners of Seychelles to give the Seychellois public and tourists alike the most spectacular interpretation of their ancestor’s traditional dances. … The essence of modernity could be observed in the live concerts of Sandra Esparon, Patrick Victor, and Jean Marc Volcy during the official opening of 2012 Festival Kreol,” highlighted Jean Clement Cangy.

Jean Clement Cangy narrated in his article that Seychelles is one of the very few Creole-speaking countries which recognized Creole as one of its official languages.

“By having a Creole Institute, the foundation stone has been laid for the development of Creole as a language. It was not surprising that during the hosting of “Festival Kreol,” the Creole Institute was the venue for the International Colloquium and the launching of a collection of Creole publications. In Seychelles, Creole is an official academic and national language. The language is commonly use in the National Assembly. Seychelles possesses all the attributes to be crowned the Creole leading country of the world,” quoted Jean Clement Cangy of Mauritius.

PHOTO: Article of Jean Clement Cangy published in Le Mauricien / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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