Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What "Ah Sookie Sookie Now" Means

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents a definition of & theories about the sources of the African American colloquial expression "Ah sookie sookie now".

This post also showcases selected sound files or videos that include that expression or the phrase "suca suca". An addedum to this post also includes information about and links to the "sucu sucu" musical genre.

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Click for a related post on the meanings of the word "sukey jumps" and three "Sukey Jump" music examples.

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"Ah sookie sookie now" is an African American originated colloquial expression that is said in appreciation of the physical body of another person or persons.

"sookie sookie now
an expression of admiration, or satisfaction, especially in regards to the shape and beauty of a female
A beautiful girl with a tight body walks by and you look at her and say "Ahhhhhhhhhh sookie sookie, now!!"
by jojo Oct 24, 2003
Although it's less common, females can also say "Ah sookie sookie now!" in appreciation of a male's sexy physique. For instance, in the song "I Do" by the R&B/Hip Hop group Blaque, young women sing "ah sookie sookie now" in appreciation of attractive men.

Theory #1
The 1970s colloquial expression "ah sookie sookie now" has its source in the 19th century term "sukey jumps". "Sukey jumps" is a long obsolete 19th century and early 20th century African American English referent for country dance gatherings for Black folks and the fast paced dance music that was performed at those gatherings.

Those dance gatherings were named "Sukey Jumps" as a reference to the Black women ["Sukies"; "Sookies"] who would be enthusiastically dancing [jumping all around] there. The phrase "ah sookie sookie" could have evolved over a period of time from men's appreciation of the attractive females (the "Sookies") they saw.
Additional comments about the meaning/s of the referent "sukey jumps" can be found by clicking

Theory #2
The phrase "ah sookie sookie now" comes from the phrase "suca suca". "Suca" derives from the French word for sugar "sucre". Therefore, "suca suca" ("sookie sookie") means "sweet sweet". Men seeing a sexy, physically attractive female might respond with the exclamation "Sweet sweet" (as in "Sucre sucre").

The phrase "suca suca" is found in the Zap Mama recording of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian song "Iko Iko".* A sound file of that song is found below. The New Orleans, Louisiana connection between "suca suca" and "ah sookie sookie now" is reinforced by the fact that King Floyd, the singer who recorded the song "Groove Me" which begins with "ah sookie sookie now" is from New Orleans.

In previous posts [on the Mudcat Cafe Folk & Blues forum]*, I wrote that "ah sookie sookie" may have derived from the Spanish word for sugar "azucar". Hat tip to Mudcat blogger Q who pointed out that if that phrase came from any Latin language source, given the greater French influence in New Orleans, that Latin language source would have been French rather than Spanish.

*There are countless theories about the meaning/s of the phrase "iko iko" and the meanings of other words & phrases in that song. Click this page of my cocojams website for several theories about the meanings of the song "Iko Iko":

**I also previously wrote that the referent "sukey jumps" may have come from the West African (Akan language) female name "Akosua" (female born on Sunday). I now retract that theory, in large part because that name isn't pronounced the same as the word "sukey". If I'm not mistaken, the Akan pronunciation for "Akosua" is ah-KOH-su-ah.

[This isn't all the records that contain the phrase "ah sookie sookie" or similar spellings. If you know the title for other records, please add them in the comment section. Thanks!]

Example #1: Ah Sookie Sookie Now!

Abi Jenkins Published on Nov 25, 2012
This is a clip from the hit record "Groove Me" by King Floyd.

Example #2: King Floyd-Groove Me.flv

davedrummer7Uploaded on Sep 7, 2010

Here's a comment from this video's viewer comment thread

On this day in 1971 {January 16th} King Floyd performed "Groove Me" on the late Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand'...

Three months earlier on October 24th, 1970 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #6 and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...

And on January 2nd, 1971 it reached #1 {for 4 non-consecutive weeks} on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart

King Floyd passed away on March 6th, 2006 at the age of 61...

R.I.P. King Floyd and Mr. Clark {1929 - 2012}...
-sauquoit13456, 2013

Example #3: Blaque - I Do

ghettoonline, Uploaded on Apr 18, 2009

Example #4:
[WARNING: This song includes the "n" word and some profanity. Also, the comments on this sound file's viewer comment thread contain profanity and other objectionable language.]

07) Big KRIT - Sookie Now (feat. David Banner) - Returnof4eva [Download MP3]

GoodFellaMediaDotCom, Uploaded on Mar 28, 2011
Outkast's "Hootie Hoo" is another Hip Hop record that includes the phrase "suki suki now". The same warning is given for that song.

ADDITION: December 13, 2013
Example #5: STEPPENWOLF - Sookie Sookie 1968

SpindleRecords, Uploaded on Apr 13, 2007

Rare 1968 Live Performance

Zap Mama Iko-Iko

annathebest94, Uploaded on Aug 10, 2008
The title of Zap Mama's version of this song is also given as "Suca Mama".

"Iko Iko" is a Mardi Gras Indian song. There are countless theories about the meanings of that title and other words & phrases in that song. Click for a page about that song which is found on my cocojams cultural website.

In researching this post, I learned about the Cuban music and dance form called "sucu sucu". Could "sucu sucu" (also) be a source for the African American colloquial expression "ah sookie sookie now"?

Click for an article about "sucu sucu".

Thanks to the recording artists who are featured on this post. Thanks to those whose comments I quoted in this post, and thanks to the YouTube publishers of these sound files.

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  1. Suki Suki is a Japanese phrase, meaning to love or like some or something. Blacks also started using the term Skoch or sukoshi mean a little amount, which probably came from Black merchant marines frequenting Japan.

    Jose Greco
    Great Excuses Blog

    1. Thanks Jose for that sharing that theory. I know that its possible for a word or phrase in one language to be the same as or similar in spelling and in punctuation as a word or phrase in another language, but have different meanings.

      I'd be interested in knowing if there is any documentation for those theories that you cite.