mba·​qan·​ga ˌu̇m-bä-ˈkäŋ-gä How to pronounce mbaqanga (audio)
: a South African dance music that combines traditional elements (such as chanting and drumming) with elements of modern music (such as jazz)

Examples of mbaqanga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 14 July 2017

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Word History


Zulu umbaqanga, literally, steamed cornmeal bread

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mbaqanga was in 1964

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“Mbaqanga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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