Definition of soukous in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈsuːkuːs/


[mass noun]
A style of African popular music characterized by syncopated rhythms and intricate contrasting guitar melodies, originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire).
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with soukous

fucus, Lucas, mucous, mucus, Ophiuchus

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: sou|kous

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.