A rumbalike West African dance music originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A popular African dance music that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, emphasizing modified rumba rhythms and a complex blend of melodies played on guitars, etc.
Origin of soukous
- Perhaps (via Lingala) from French secouer to shake from Old French secourre from Latin succutere to jolt sub- sub- quatere to shake kwēt- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition