Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


John Wirtz and Les Boys

Malheur L’Arac


The Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 930 miles east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south, Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest, and the Suvadives of the Maldives to the northeast. Seychelles has the smallest population of any state in Africa.


While Austronesian seafarers or Arab traders may have been the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles, the first recorded sighting of them took place in 1502, by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The first recorded landing and first written account was by the crew of the English East Indiaman Ascension in 1609. As a transit point for trading between Africa and Asia, they were occasionally used by pirates.


Formerly a colony of both Britain and France, The Seychelles has developed a distinct kind of music – incorporating multiple influences, including English Contredanse, Polka and Mazurka, French folk and pop, Sega from Mauritius and Réunion, Taarab, Soukous, Moutya and other pan-African genres of and Polynesian, Indian and Arcadian music. A complex form of percussion music called Contombley is popular, along with combinations of Sega and Reggae called Seggae as well as combinations of Moutya and Reggae called Mouggae and Montea which is a fusion of native folk rhythms with Kenyan Benga.


As for John Wirtz and Les Boys, there is not a whole lot of information available. They were both included on the Buda Musique compilation Music From the Seychelles – but not together. There’s one song by John Wirtz, and another by Pye (also known as Georgie Romain) & Les Boys. I have also seen Souvenir of Seychelles: The Best of John Wirtz and His New Les Boys on Ray’s Music Room. If you any information about the band, please contact me.


Catalog number TCE 1008 on Tam’s Cinema of Mahé, Seychelles. No release date listed.

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A true ends of the earth post. Thanks as always.

Comment by icastico

Hi. Since I bought a tape casette of John Wirtz and Les Boyz in the Seychelles in 1985, I have been looking for the words for l’Anniversaire Ti Dalon. Do you have any idea where I could find them? Tried on line. Tried contacting the Seychelles embassy. No success.

Amiel. New York City.

Comment by Amiel

Hi there,

Does somebody know where I could get some more segas from the seychelles? I can’t find anything more from John Wirtz and Les Boys…
I would be glad if somebody could help me in my research !

Comment by Félix

Hi, got no infos but a single, found in a second hand store.
John Wirtz & The New Playboys
Tracks are:
Beautemps
Tous Ca Qui Oua Besoin
Pressed in Kenya, 1976
I can record if needed
Great blog here.
Best from Switzerland

Comment by Navi

John Wirtz & the New Les Boys
Sorry…
: )

Comment by Navi




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