soukous

noun
sou·​kous | \ ˈsü-ˌküs How to pronounce soukous (audio) \

Definition of soukous

: popular guitar-driven dance music created in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the influence of Cuban rumba

First Known Use of soukous

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soukous

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

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“Soukous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soukous. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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