Soukous vs. Coupé-Décalé

ndombolo-ya-solo.jpgAt first I used to regard claims of Ivorian music being superior in entertainment value to Congolese music as absurd, but now…well I still do :-D. It’s just that more than ever before you West Africans out there truly believe the hype. When I speak of music I’m referring of course to Soukous and Coupé-Décalé (C-D), musical genres born in DR Congo and Cote D’Ivoire respectively. Although C-D is a lot younger than Soukous, it has grown in popularity as quickly as it took the Spurs to handle the Cavs (can you tell I’m a NBA fan:-D). Ok you get it, in just a few years it has spread like the plague, to the point where you can now hear shouts of “travaillement”, “pan pan saute-mouton”, “Saga-citer” – and other cries typical to a C-D tune – in Soukous songs.  Despite its rise in popularity (there’s even a Coupé-Décalé work-out DVD out there!), I maintain that it is absurd to think that it is taking over from Soukous since the former heavily borrows in style from the latter. In fact you can often hear some Lingala phrases in C-D! I’m not hating though, it is very fun to dance although I must admit to my initial reluctance to catch the fever. Perhaps what makes C-D fun is the fact that there so many variants out there such as Décalé Chinois (Chinese Décalé), grippe aviaire (bird flu), Drogba-citer (after the Ivoirian footballer) etc. much more ways to express yourself than just Ndombolo for instance:-D. Today at almost every African party, it is a must for DJs to have a Soukous and a C-D play list. It’s just not an African party without those 2. Still, my loyalty remains with Soukous. Ok…maybe I’m a little biased being Congolese and all, but what do you think?

You can watch clips of Coupé-Décalé and Soukous here.

9 Responses to Soukous vs. Coupé-Décalé

  1. Barima says:

    Those play lists are a a must.

  2. Papa Shongo says:

    yo I forgot to mention my new found appreciation of Hip-Life! Whatever you do for your birthday make sure there’s some. AVEC CLASSE indeed 😉

  3. Ntumba says:

    Check out and hook me up on your favorite blog list,

    your Congolese sister,


  4. Carib says:

    I want my people to know that i love them all, i love all your music and do not let us allow ourselves to be seperated again form your caribbean sister with love.

  5. Swagga says:

    Caribbean American asking……..

    Can somebody please tell me some good lounges and clubs where I can pick up African women? From different countries…..I love Senegalese women especially !!!!

  6. Tina says:

    Out of Africa, there a many types of beautiful music. I’m an American who has been exposed to all types, and nothing I’ve heard tops Soukous!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I agree nothing beats soukous!

  8. Amina C says:

    I’m Malian in NY and I’ve been trying to find places that typically host African Parties…do you have any venues you can recommend or a site I can go to search?

  9. swagga says:

    I forgot this place even exist. Lol Good luck getting a response Amina C.

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