Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

La réappropriation du zouk dans la pop musique urbaine francophone

Abstract : The reappropriation of zouk in urban pop music can be seen in French-speaking musicians who base their approach on the idea of musical hybridization. To do this, they re-use zouk in their musical productions which borrow from the codes of French and urban song (Rap, R’n’B, Soul, Pop). This endeavor also makes it possible to take up specific themes to zouk, including the question of the subject (relationship to oneself and to the other) and feelings (melancholy and happiness). In addition, the recourse to the voice of Jacob Desvarieux, emblematic figure of zouk music, is a pledge for urban pop of the authenticity of its reappropriation. The festive dimension, the strong and dancing rhythm, the reference to Creole, the play on iconography that reproduces the stereotypes, all these elements make zouk a form of new classical music for the generation of urban pop.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata
Contributor : Buata Malela <>
Submitted on : Friday, August 27, 2021 - 11:39:06 AM
Last modification on : Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 3:26:29 AM


  • HAL Id : hal-03327485, version 1



Buata Malela. La réappropriation du zouk dans la pop musique urbaine francophone. Nakan. A journal of cultural studies, Association Mélanges Caraïbes, 2021, Le Zouk : Trajectoires, Imaginaires et perspectives. ⟨hal-03327485⟩



Record views