sou·​kous ˈsü-ˌküs How to pronounce soukous (audio)
: popular guitar-driven dance music created in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the influence of Cuban rumba

Word History


African French (of Brazzaville and Kinshasa) soucous, soukous, a dance popular in the late 1960s, alteration of French secousse jolt, jerk

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soukous was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Soukous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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