[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.’
- ‘A maximum of five contestants vie in categories dedicated to dancehall, reggae, soukous, African, compass/racine, calypso, Latin, and gospel music.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The first volume concentrated on eight West African countries, but this second selection is an entirely Congolese mixture of rumba roots and early soukous.’
Perhaps from French secouer to shake.