“Written description of how soukous women have their waist” in one word, undulating

(Every once in a while, Google Analytics’s list of keywords that bring
you, Dear Reader, to my blog comes up with good ideas to write about.
The scary thing is that converse of the truism that there is someone
writing about pretty much anything on the Internet holds true: there
is someone searching for pretty much everything on the Internet. Et
voilà
today’s post, inspired for you by the intrepid Googlenaut
searching for “Writtendescription of how soukous women have their waist”. My blog was at
no. 3 when I wrote this post; I should hope it rises somewhat.)

 The Dany Engobo/Coeurs Brisés videos, where the mild and inoffensive
zouk tunes clearly play a supporting role to the hypnotic
tummy-shaking of the Coeurs Brisés (Broken Hearts) troupe of dancers,
could be, if you took them lightly, campy as all get out, but I don’t
see them that way. Instead, there’s something deeply serious about the
attractiveness of lissome women moving hypnotically to the middle-aged
male head of family. Strangely enough, watching such dance videos for
an hour or so, or the length of a VHS tape, always proved relaxing,
like a nice afternoon nap, rather than erotically stimulating.

 A couple years later I met the guitarist Diblo Dibala after a summer
concert at South Street Seaport. My buddy from work Rose was a friend
of one of his two backup dancers, the older one. The younger one had
managed to shatter boundaries by being a Brooklyn girl (bizarrely
nicknamed Electra) who was touring the world as an African dancer.
This only reinforced to me the complete inauthenticity of soukous
music and soukous-dancing videos; these were products of late
20th-century cultural capitalism, not the honest and straightforward
expression of prelapsarian village life that is the default approach
to African cultural products. In other words, folks were watching
these videos (and Diblo’s dancers) not because they had some kind of
cultural relevance to the viewer, but because they liked the dancing,
or the physiques of the dancers, or both. My interest was validated; I
didn’t have to come from some Kinshasa faubourg in order to
appreciate it.

 Here are some examples:




2 thoughts on ““Written description of how soukous women have their waist” in one word, undulating

  1. This post, or links to it, now occupies the first five Google spots for "Written description of how soukous women have their waist." Success!

  2. Pingback: The sebene, that never-ending circular vamp that cues the women’s belly-shaking (soukous-music word of the day) | Jonathan's Secret City

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