Definition of zouk in English:

zouk

noun

mass noun
  • An exuberant style of popular music combining Caribbean and Western elements and having a fast heavy beat.

    • ‘Haitian sensation Black Parents will also be performing, bringing some zouk and kompas with the holiday vibes.’
    • ‘Growing up, he listened to the up-tempo sounds of calypso, soca, and zouk, before moving to St Maarten and discovering reggae.’
    • ‘Funk, soul, hip hop, brokenbeat, jazz, dancehall, roots, old-school, deep house, zouk and konpa can be found here every week, so check it out.’
    • ‘Hundreds of visitors and locals sip on Carib and Piton, munch on all the various fish and chicken sold, and between mixes enjoy salsa, reggae, calypso, cadence, zouk, and hip-hop.’
    • ‘In other recorded examples the music most closely approaches early predecessors of reggae and zouk.’
    • ‘They've been gigging downtown with their mix of funk, zouk and reggae for a while, so don't miss them on the big stage.’
    • ‘Its African hosts offer tips on gigs, clips of their favourite CDs, news from the studio and gossip from the dance floor, covering styles from Afrobeat to zouk and from laid-back mbira to full-on hip-hop.’
    • ‘A delightful fusion of zouk, reggae, Afro-Beat and salsa, the multi-cultural personnel of the Bristol-based six-piece band, provide the ingredients to a very agreeable recipe.’
    • ‘Workey Workey, Burning Flames: The Flames, Arrow's former backup band, blended soca with a touch of zouk to create Antigua's 1989 Road March.’
    • ‘Combette's music is hard to describe concisely, but there's Haitian compas, zouk, folk, jazz, bossa nova, soca and reggae in the mix.’
    • ‘At 7: 50 p.m., Koffi Koffiento shakes you awake with a fine blend of rumba, zouk and salsa, Congolese style..’
    • ‘The Caribbean has given the world a remarkable potpourri of popular music - everything from calypso to salsa, from ska to zouk, from meringue to soca.’
    • ‘Many have concluded that the work that community radio stations like CHRY, CKLN and CRIT do in showcasing soca, calypso and reggae, zouk and other musical expressions are contributing factors to this new awareness in the Canadian media.’
    • ‘Hints of zouk, samba and electroclash rear their groovy heads through a parade of infectious Afro-housers.’
    • ‘To keep the cultural spirits flying high, music adds to the Creole flavour - folk music, cadence, zouk and Kassav.’
    • ‘Compas, reggae, zouk and American pop all colour their clever, energetic tunes at one point or another - no surprise that they'll be backing up a wide variety of talent at the Gala du Monde this Friday.’
    • ‘For openers, there was the French ensemble Les Alizes, playing zouk on steel.’
    • ‘Actually, Ménard throws the lineup by being Antillean, so expect a blend of zouk, soca, compas and merengue from him and Jab Jab, backing him up for the night.’
    • ‘Two other musical styles - zouk and cadance - are heard on French-influenced islands like St. Lucia.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1970s: Guadeloupian Creole, literally ‘to party’.

Pronunciation

zouk

/zuːk/