Definition of soukous in English:

soukous

noun

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).

    • ‘Throughout his career he has experimented with diverse musical genres as rumba, soukous, salsa, highlife and Afrobeat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Congo jazz and soukous, played on a guitar, are popular varieties for such dances.’
    • ‘A maximum of five contestants vie in categories dedicated to dancehall, reggae, soukous, African, compass/racine, calypso, Latin, and gospel music.’
    • ‘The first volume concentrated on eight West African countries, but this second selection is an entirely Congolese mixture of rumba roots and early soukous.’

Origin

Perhaps from French secouer ‘to shake’.

Pronunciation

soukous

/ˈsuːkuːs/