by Kenzie McDowell

Music & dance

Music and dance play a large role in Martinique. Much of the music originated from African slaves that were brought over to work in sugar cane fields. The rhythms and songs they put together are still popular today. Some include the zouk, biguine, and mazurka.


Some of the most beautiful sights seen in Martinique include the yoles rondes and the gommiers. The traditional fishing boats are used for races. People from all over the world come to watch the "nautical ballet" which consists of many colorful and vibrant boats important to Martinique cultural.


In Martinique people speak a mixture of French and créole, which is French and African with some Spanish, English, and portaguese words.


Carnival is a well known tradition in French culture. In Martinique it begins the week before lent and consists of music, dancing, parades, colorful costumes, and feasting. Roi Vaval Symbolizes the spirit of carnival. Other cities famous for their carnivals are Quebec, Nice, and New Orleans.