Sur-Choc, masters of Zouglou
Sur-Choc, sometimes referred to as the Frères Gazeurs ,were originally four kids from the ghettos of the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan. They used a-capella singing, djembe and a bell to play “ambiance facile” (easy groove), a traditional-modern style.
In 1987, the group came together at the Autoroute de Treichville college around Appolos Diabyy. They played “woyo” (easy groove) music, over 30 musicias and dancers in all. have been playing under the name of Sur-Choc (over-shock): percussionist Henri-Jacques Kipré, two singers (Privat and Feu Sergent) and Dékiss, the group’s leader and creator of the Gnakpa Gnakpa dance style. Between 1990 and 2002, the four chalked up six albums of Zouglou music, the pop style that grew from ‘ambiance facile’ to become Ivory Coast’s definitive popular music style.
In 2003, Sur-Choc released the album “Magnum”. Their seventh release was accompanied by a new dance step called “coupé-décalé”. The track “Fou Ho” was featured on the soundtrack of the Fifa Street 2005 game. They are signed to the Showbiz label and regularly appear in both Ivory Coast and in France.
However, following the death of two of the original members, Sergent and Ali Capy, the other members moved to Paris to record and work with other Zouglou projects there.
In 2009, they released “Les éléphants du Zouglou” and “We’re Here to Dance” in 2011.