AbstractThis article traces the emergence of the Dimans moutya festival in Seychelles, describes the local music practice called moutya along with the issues arising from its modern staging in a popular festival, and explains the choice to feature a specific musical genre, the moutya, at the expense of other local musical practices. Tourism development is part of a heritage strategy to increase the interest of younger generations in local culture, and to secure an international recognition of moutya as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
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