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  1. a style of central African popular dance music with electric guitars, Caribbean rhythms, and often several vocalists.
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Origin of soukous

1980–85; said to be < Lingala < French secouer to shake
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British Dictionary definitions for soukous


  1. a style of African popular music that originated in Zaïre (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), characterized by syncopated rhythms and intricate contrasting guitar melodies
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from French secouer to shake
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