mba·​qan·​ga | \ ˌu̇m-bä-ˈkäŋ-gä How to pronounce mbaqanga (audio) \

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)

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, "Ray Phiri, ‘Graceland’ Guitarist and Anti-Apartheid Bandleader, Dies at 70," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of mbaqanga

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mbaqanga

Zulu umbaqanga, literally, steamed cornmeal bread

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“Mbaqanga.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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