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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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It's a type of dance music that originated in African rumba music of the Belgian and French Congos in the 40s.
Jose's progressive musical abilities allow the creation of songs with Latin guitars and African Rumba for a blended mix of cool grooves and rhythmic vocals highlighted on the North American debut CD, Embrace the Earth.
WEMBA'S WAY: Papa Wemba - known as the king of African rumba - comes to town in style.
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