The world at large knows that the Chinese Spring Festival is the biggest celebration for China and the Chinese people, and Seychelles is known for its “Happy New Year” songs that mark the closing of one year and that welcomes in a new year.
This song just launched by Seychellois artist, George Payet, has traditionally been in Creole, and year after year used as the music to dance to as one welcomes in the new year. George, the well-known Seychelles singer and musician last year launched an English and French version of his traditional “Happy New Year” song, and this year to mark the Chinese Spring Festival, he launched a Chinese version of his popular “Happy New Year” song.
As Seychelles welcome its first direct non-stop weekly flight from Beijing last week and opened its third edition of the annual Seychelles-China Day Celebrations, George Payet used the occasion to launch the Chinese version of his “Happy New Year” song on a special music CD.
“Xinnian kuaile” (Happy New Year from Seychelles) as the music CD is entitled by George Payet and Saturn Band can be downloaded here.
Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture has congratulated George Payet for moving to spread the Seychelles music through the Chinese language. “The Department of Culture will continue to open doors for our performing and visual artists through the long list of cultural events we organize annually. When someone goes out to reap direct benefits from these cultural events as George Payet is doing now, we can only say congratulations to him,” said Minister St.Ange when he received a copy of the George Payet Happy New Year music CD in Chinese.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) . For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.