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A rumbalike West African dance music originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

[Perhaps (via Lingala) from French secouer, to shake, from Old French secourre, from Latin succutere, to jolt : sub-, sub- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.]


(Music, other) a style of African popular music that originated in Zaïre (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), characterized by syncopated rhythms and intricate contrasting guitar melodies
[C20: perhaps from French secouer to shake]


a style of central African popular dance music with electric guitars, Caribbean rhythms, and often several vocalists.
[1980–85; said to be < Lingala < French secouer to shake]


A popular form of African dance music that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then called Zaire) in the 1970s.
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