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Zouk (or Zoukbéton) is a fast jump up carnival beat style of rhythmic music originating from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupeand Martinique, popularized by the French Antilles Kassav' in the 1980s. The word zouk means "party" or "festival" in the local Antillean Creole of French, although the word originally referred to, and is still used to refer to, a popular dance, based on the Polish dance, the mazurka (mazouk), that was introduced to the French Caribbean in the 19th century.Elements of GwoKa, tambour Bélé, Ti bwa and Biguine vide, including the full use of the MIDI technology, are prominent in zouk. Its originator French Antilles Kassav' is the only band that includes it in its repertoire to a lesser extent. Too fast, the style lost ground in the 80's due to the strong presence of kadans or compas music, the main music of the French Antilles.Today, zouk is the French Antilles compas music, also called zouk-love.Zouk-love is the French Antilles cadence or compas music characterized by a slow, soft and sexual rhythm. The lyrics of the songs often speak of love and sentimental problems.

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