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DR SAKIS NSAKALA EMMANUEL/CONGO SOUKOUS MUSIC/AFRICA MUSIC CULTURE
Nsakala Emmanuel is popularly known as DrSakis. He is one of the most influential musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He is a powerful composer, dancer, singer, and producer. His music is a fusion of Congolese Soukous and Zouk.

Zouk as described above is a rhythmic music style that originated from the islands of Martinique, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Dominica republic and Soukous is a dance music musical genre that originated from Belgian Congo and French Congo in 30s 40s. Dr Sakis` music is popular in Francophone and Lusophone Countries.

According to the history, his quest for music started very early in life. At sixteen, he created Les Unis, which is a musical comedy group, after which he created another group called “The Dynamic System. In 1985 he produced his first Album “Majenine,” which is followed in 1992 by “Soukous Abidjan” and album “Cyclone,” in 1993.

Apart from being popular in Africa, Dr. Sakis’ music is also popular in France and Canadian province of Quebe in North America. “Peace and Love” is one of his newer video Albums. Most of his most popular numbers are: Go Dance, la plus belle, I love you, I`m Ready for You, electric vibration etc.

CONCO SOUKOUS/AFRICAN MUSIC CULTURE
"Soukous" is from a french word "secousse" which means "to shake" or "shake violently". Hence continuous vibration is one of the characteristics of this music. The music is from one of the dance music genres from "Cuban Rumba music" in the Belgian Congo and French Congo in 1940s.

Generally today, the music is popular in all parts Africa, especially in the French speaking areas like: Congos, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbawe, Tanzania etc. It is also popular in some Caribbean countries like; Cuba, Islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, Dominica in West Indies where is been referred to as souke, zouke or soukwe or zouk.
Though, the music generally in Africa, has been modernized by various group to suit their audiences, but some aspects of it like: the usage of: acoustic, bass guitar, conga drums, maracas, scraper conga drums, saxophones,etc is still common.

In Caribbean, the inspiration of the music is said to have come from cadence-lypso - music of Dominica popularized by Grammacks and Exile One. The Pierre-Edouard Décimus first album in 1980, Love and Ka Dance, broadly established the sound of zouk internationally. Other related but different music are: bouyon, soca, combined rhythm, Coupe-Decale, mbalax, Gumbe, soukous, makossa, coladeira, and funana

FURTHER READING/VIEW:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zouk
http://www.politicalarticles.net/blog/2009/04/23/spotlight-on-dr-sakis-aka-nsakala-emmanuel-congolese-soukouszouk-singer/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9iilrXZxe4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhPB01g0gu0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66BT8jaLUNw
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