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Watch the Soukous online guitar lesson by Zoumana Diarra from West African Guidebook

Soukous is a rhythmic pattern used for dancing, a mix of African Cuban rhumba and traditional music from the Congo. "Soukous" literally means "to shake".

It's a very open style with a lot of room for improvisation. It's very popular among guitarists It is characterized by intense guitar parts, repeating melodic patterns, and sensitive harmonies. A famous guitarist in this style is Franco of OK Jazz, renowned for his finger picking.