Around the World - Kenia, Soukous Style

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hey Folks! Are you ready for next stop? Safari time , Kenia and Soukous style!

    Ok, what is a Soukous?

    Soukous from the French word for "shake" is a generic term for modern Zairean/Congolese dance
    music, but now widely played throughout Africa, known as Lingala music in Kenia, Congo music
    in Anglophone West Africa...

    Early influences include highlife and Cuban rumba, but the abiding strength of the style lay in adaptation of indigenous traditions.

    Originally performed on likembe (sanza), guitar and bottle, early innovators gave it a more modern feel .
    -The drum beat out a repetitive pattern while the guitarists let you know
    the train was coming- are a nice intro for a explanation how to play
    this style..

    Chord progression used for Soukous is mostly 3chord pattern 1-4-5 (keyC-F-G),
    The Ionian is the brightest and most boring of all the modes but here is example
    how you can make it very interesting and happy :) !

    Chord progression: C F G

    4/4 ,120bpm

    Enjoy i!

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