Zouk is a musical style that made its way to Saint Lucia from the neighbouring French island of Martinique. To the uninitiated, zouk sounds much like soca, but upon closer scrutiny it becomes apparent that zouk has a much more sophisticated rhythmic pattern that begs for an additional subtle sway in the dancing as compared to the straight forward hard-core pounding dance style of soca. Zouk often can be recognised as well by the traditional ‘tinny’ sounding melodic style of the lead guitar that is prevalent in many songs. Of course, if it gets too confusing, you can simply identify zouk by the lyrics usually being sung in French!


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