Definition of mbaqanga
: a South African dance music that combines traditional elements (such as chanting and drumming) with elements of modern music (such as jazz)
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Stimela merged the flexibility of jazz and the sleekness of R&B with the buoyant rhythms of South African styles like mbaqanga; its songs also recognized the tensions of living under apartheid.
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Origin and Etymology of mbaqanga
Zulu umbaqanga, literally, steamed cornmeal bread
First Known Use: 1964See Words from the same year
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