Definition of soukous in English:


Syllabification: sou·kous
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞oˈko͞os


  • A style of African popular music characterized by syncopated rhythms and intricate contrasting guitar melodies, originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
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    • A maximum of five contestants vie in categories dedicated to dancehall, reggae, soukous, African, compass/racine, calypso, Latin, and gospel music.
    • Congo jazz and soukous, played on a guitar, are popular varieties for such dances.
    • Over three days and nights, popular Creole musical forms such as cadence-lypso, compass, zouk, soukous, and bouyon ring out alongside Creole-influenced reggae and soca.


perhaps from French secouer 'to shake'.

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