‘Lit’ is a word that is often used to describe the live music-and-dance experience
that is Soukouss Internationale. Especially by the band themselves, who are having as good a time as anyone.
It’s a simple term, but one that strangely evokes something of the multi-layered adventure of this nine-piece outfit that has captured audiences all over WA and compelled them to dance like they never have before.
This multicultural collective of performers showcases the utter infectiousness of high-energy African song and dance. With members hailing from Mozambique, Cuba, France, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, UK, Sierra Leone and Australia, it’s always an authentic, colourful and energetic show celebrating the iconic Congolese musical style known as ‘soukouss’. The guitar solos and percussive rhythms conspire to lift you to the air, while the seductive basslines make sure that your feet are kept dancing on the ground. The vocals and dancing, meanwhile, are pure joy.
People who come to Soukouss Internationale shows become Soukouss Internationale people – no matter their origin. There is no resistance.
2019 will bring a full dancecard of shows, as well as the release of the band’s first single, ???, recorded at RADA Studios with the maestro, Dan Carroll, behind the desk. Talk of videos and touring are currently being negotiated in enthusiastic tones.
‘Soukouss’, by the way, means ‘shake it’. It’s a bootyful thing.