Coupé décalé

Coupé Décalé is a type of popular dance music originating from Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and the Ivorian diaspora in Paris, France. Drawing heavily from Zouglou and Congolese rhythms, Coupé-Décalé is a very percussive style featuring African samples, deep bass, and repetitive, minimalist arrangements. When I saw this video for the first time it immediately reminded me of a mix of Dancehall dances and Tecktonik. Check out this video of these Congolese youth killing this dance. Enjoy!

Thank You Melly Mel for putting me on to this.

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  • By Jennifer, November 2, 2009 @ 3:40 PM

    I am looking for examples of coupé décalé dance for a presentation I’m doing for college students in Virginia. This page says “video not available”. Is there someplace else I could view it? Any help much appreciated. Thanks! – Jennifer

  • By Jennifer, November 5, 2009 @ 11:47 AM

    Awesome…I can’t wait to share this with people on our campus. I only wish I could learn from an expert before trying to teach some moves to our students. Thanks for posting! C’est génial, le coupé décalé!

  • By ymani, January 26, 2010 @ 7:54 PM

    of course it reminded you of tecktonik and dancehall both are african influenced.

  • By Gigi, July 14, 2010 @ 10:52 PM

    Are there any videos that break it down and show you some foundations of the dance? I also read that theres a coupe decale workout DVD. Have you heard about or know about that?

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