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This page focuses on African Guitar style playing,  technique, music and musicianship.

Soukous Guitar

African Figure ImageThe guitar plays a central role in Soukous, and a number of the main players have garnered fanatical followings.

Taking elements of Ghanaian highlife guitar they weave ever changing melodic lines through the music. The guitar sound is very distinctive and uses similar methods to achieve the sound.

Using generally a Fender Strat type guitar, the regular fourth string ( D) is replaced by a string of the same gauge as the first string (E), and then tuned an octave higher than normal from the D below middle C to the D above middle C. Then the guitar is played with a very clear tone, with lots of mid, treble and reverb.

Soukous Samples

Sequenced below are two extracts taken from Virgin's HeartBeat Soukous ( currently unavailable ).

Real Audio Image Midi Image Lokassa Ya Mbongo's Marie Josie

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Real Audio Image Midi Image Nyombe and Pepe Kalle's Zouke Zouke

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