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For other uses, see Zouk (disambiguation). Zouk_sentence_0


Stylistic originsZouk_header_cell_0_1_0 Zouk_cell_0_1_1
Cultural originsZouk_header_cell_0_2_0 Early 1980s, French Antilles (esp. Guadeloupe and Martinique)Zouk_cell_0_2_1
Typical instrumentsZouk_header_cell_0_3_0 Zouk_cell_0_3_1
Derivative formsZouk_header_cell_0_4_0 Zouk-loveZouk_cell_0_4_1
Regional scenesZouk_header_cell_0_5_0

Zouk is a genre of dance-oriented music from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Zouk_sentence_1

It was pioneered and popularized by the band Kassav' in the early 1980s. Zouk_sentence_2

Zouk was originally characterized by a fast tempo (120–145 bpm), a percussion-driven rhythm and a loud horn section. Zouk_sentence_3

In the second half of the 1980s, some bands began to play a slower (90–100 bpm), more romantic style which was dubbed zouk-love. Zouk_sentence_4

The original faster style became known as "zouk béton", "zouk chiré" or "zouk hard". Zouk_sentence_5

Zouk is considered a synthesis of various French Antillean dance music styles of the 20th century: kadans, konpa and biguine. Zouk_sentence_6

Styles Zouk_section_0

The 1990s was the confirmation of the success of zouk in the Caribbean, leading to the development of many styles. Zouk_sentence_7

The progressive disappearance of brass instruments and the slow-down of the tempo made zouk-love the most popular zouk subgenre in the 1990s and ever since. Zouk_sentence_8

However, variants of zouk exist, often by incorporating elements from other genres. Zouk_sentence_9

These include the following: Zouk_sentence_10


  • Zouk-love (Patrick Saint-Eloi, Real limit, ...)Zouk_item_0_0
  • Zouk-R&B (Jean-Michel Rotin, ...)Zouk_item_0_1
  • Zouk-Africain (Oliver Ngoma, Monique Seka, ...)Zouk_item_0_2
  • Zouk-Rock (Volt-Face, Gilles Floro, ...)Zouk_item_0_3
  • Zouk-Compas (Kwak, Harmonik, ...)Zouk_item_0_4
  • Zouk-Chiré (Frédéric Caracas, Luc Leandry, ...)Zouk_item_0_5
  • Zouk-Gwoka (Sartana, Dominique Coco, ...)Zouk_item_0_6
  • Zouk-Symphonique (Dissonance, ...)Zouk_item_0_7
  • Zouk-Ragga (Shango, ...)Zouk_item_0_8

And many others types like Cape-Verdean Zouk. Zouk_sentence_11

See also Zouk_section_1


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