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Fally Ipupa
Fally Ipupa
CODOther African Music

Fally Ipupa

CODAfricanOther African Music
Zuchu
Zuchu
TZAMainstream Pop

Zuchu

TZAPopMainstream Pop
Koffi Olomide
Koffi Olomide
CODSoukous

Koffi Olomide

CODAfricanSoukous
Ferre Gola
Ferre Gola
CODSoukous

Ferre Gola

CODAfricanSoukous
Héritier Wata
Héritier Wata
FRAOther African Music

Héritier Wata

FRAAfricanOther African Music
Fabregas Metis Noir
Fabregas Metis Noir
CODSoukous

Fabregas Metis Noir

CODAfricanSoukous
Werrason
Werrason
CODSoukous

Werrason

CODAfricanSoukous
Minister Michael Mahendere
Minister Michael Mahendere
ZWEChristian Music

Minister Michael Mahendere

ZWEReligiousChristian Music
Robinio Mundibu
Robinio Mundibu
CODSoukous

Robinio Mundibu

CODAfricanSoukous
Salif Keita
Salif Keita
MLISoukous

Salif Keita

MLIAfricanSoukous
Mousto Camara
Mousto Camara
GINSoukous

Mousto Camara

GINAfricanSoukous
Tufani
Tufani
KENAfrobeat

Tufani

KENAfricanAfrobeat
Bucy Radebe
Bucy Radebe
ZAFChristian Music

Bucy Radebe

ZAFReligiousChristian Music
DJ SWITCH GHANA
DJ SWITCH GHANA
GHAMbalax

DJ SWITCH GHANA

GHAAfricanMbalax
Yinka Ayefele
Yinka Ayefele
NGASoukous

Yinka Ayefele

NGAAfricanSoukous
Awilo Longomba
Awilo Longomba
GBRAfrobeat

Awilo Longomba

GBRAfricanAfrobeat
Daniel Lubams
Daniel Lubams
CODSoukous

Daniel Lubams

CODAfricanSoukous
Gravity Omutujju
Gravity Omutujju
UGAAfrobeat

Gravity Omutujju

UGAAfricanAfrobeat
Barbara Kanam
Barbara Kanam
CODSoukous

Barbara Kanam

CODAfricanSoukous
Phyllis Mbuthia
Phyllis Mbuthia
KENChristian Music

Phyllis Mbuthia

KENReligiousChristian Music
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Top Artists by Radio Spins Last month

Salif Keita
Salif Keita
MLISoukous

Salif Keita

MLIAfricanSoukous
2.2K radio spins
Koffi Olomide
Koffi Olomide
CODSoukous

Koffi Olomide

CODAfricanSoukous
1.5K radio spins
Orchestra Baobab
Orchestra Baobab
SENSoukous

Orchestra Baobab

SENAfricanSoukous
1.3K radio spins
Sam Mangwana
Sam Mangwana
CODSoukous

Sam Mangwana

CODAfricanSoukous
1.3K radio spins
K-Reen
K-Reen
FRASoukous

K-Reen

FRAAfricanSoukous
1.3K radio spins

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OURAGAN (feat. MALANGE LUNGENDO)
OURAGAN (feat. MALANGE LUNGENDO)
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Yamore
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Utrus Horas
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Kelen ati leen
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Le fruit défendu
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3ème doigt
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Madan - Exotic Disco Mix
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      Soukous artists
      Spotify
      7.1M
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      Overview of Soukous music

      Soukous music originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1930s, fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with elements of Cuban son and other Latin American styles.

      The term Soukous, derived from the French word secousse meaning "shake," refers to the danceable, upbeat nature of the music.

      Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Soukous continued to evolve, incorporating electric guitars and other modern instrumentation.

      The genre gained international recognition in the 1970s, with artists such as Tabu Ley Rochereau and Franco Luambo Makiadi becoming popular across Africa and Europe.

      In the 1980s, Soukous experienced a surge in popularity in the United States, with artists such as Kanda Bongo Man and Papa Wemba gaining a following. Today, Soukous remains an influential genre in African music, with its infectious rhythms and upbeat melodies continuing to inspire artists around the world.

      Which musicians and bands defined Soukous music?

      Some key figures who have made notable contributions to the Soukous genre:

      Franco Luambo Makiadi - Known simply as Franco, he is often regarded as the father of modern Soukous. Franco's innovative guitar playing, melodic compositions, and charismatic performances propelled Soukous to new heights. His band, TP OK Jazz, was instrumental in popularizing the genre.

      Tabu Ley Rochereau - Tabu Ley Rochereau, also known as the "Voice of Lightness," was a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. He blended Congolese rumba and Cuban influences, creating a smoother, melodic style of Soukous. His band, Orchestre Afrisa International, played a significant role in the development and evolution of Soukous.

      Papa Wemba - Papa Wemba was a highly influential Soukous artist known for his smooth vocal style and fashion-forward image. His band, Viva la Musica, incorporated elements of pop and rock into their music, contributing to the modernization of Soukous.

      Koffi Olomide - Koffi Olomide, a singer, songwriter, and dancer, brought a fresh approach to Soukous by infusing it with elements of zouk and other African rhythms. His energetic performances and catchy compositions made him one of the most popular Soukous artists of his time.

      Awilo Longomba - Awilo Longomba, a Congolese musician, introduced a more dance-oriented and upbeat style of Soukous. With his catchy melodies and infectious rhythms, he gained popularity not only in Africa but also internationally.

      These musicians, along with many others, have left an indelible mark on Soukous, influencing its sound, style, and popularity.

      Which songs and albums defined Soukous music?

      Some of the most famous songs and music albums that represent Soukous music include:

      "Mamou" by Franco Luambo Makiadi (Song) - "Mamou" is a classic Soukous track by the legendary Franco Luambo Makiadi, known for his distinctive guitar riffs, energetic rhythms, and heartfelt vocals that embody the spirit of Congolese music.

      "Sorozo" by Tabu Ley Rochereau (Song) - Tabu Ley Rochereau's "Sorozo" is a captivating Soukous masterpiece, featuring infectious melodies, lively percussion, and Tabu Ley's smooth vocals that effortlessly transport listeners to the dancefloors of Congo.

      "Yolele" by Papa Wemba (Song) - With its catchy chorus and upbeat tempo, "Yolele" by Papa Wemba is a quintessential Soukous anthem that showcases Papa Wemba's charismatic vocals and his ability to create infectious grooves that get everyone moving.

      "Loi" by Koffi Olomide (Album): Koffi Olomide's album "Loi" is a landmark in Soukous music, blending melodic guitar lines, dynamic rhythms, and Koffi Olomide's charismatic vocals to create a rich and energetic musical experience.

      "Coupé Bibamba" by Awilo Longomba (Album): Awilo Longomba's album "Coupé Bibamba" is a fusion of Soukous with modern influences, featuring infectious beats, lively dance rhythms, and Awilo's energetic vocals that make it impossible to resist the urge to dance.

      Which music festivals and events represent Soukous music?

      Soukous music takes the stage at vibrant festivals worldwide, showcasing its infectious rhythms and captivating performances. Let's explore a few standout events:

      The Festival International Nuits d'Afrique in Montreal, Canada, brings together diverse African styles, including the energetic beats of Soukous. This global gathering sets the scene for a melting pot of African musical traditions.

      Africa Oyé, held annually in Liverpool, UK, is an acclaimed festival that celebrates the richness of African music and culture. Within its vibrant atmosphere, Soukous music takes center stage, enchanting audiences with its infectious melodies and high-energy performances.

      Uganda's Bayimba International Festival, a multi-disciplinary arts celebration, embraces the diversity of African culture. Soukous music adds its rich rhythms and melodic charm to the festival's vibrant lineup.

      All of these festivals provide a platform for Soukous musicians to showcase their talents and connect with fans from around the world.