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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rumbalike West African dance music originating in Congo (formerly Zaire).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A genre of African popular music resembling rumba, which originated in the Congo region in the 1930s


Perhaps (via Lingala) from French secouer, to shake, from Old French secourre, from Latin succutere, to jolt : sub-, sub- + quatere, to shake.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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