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A form of popular dance music that originated in the black townships of South Africa, characterized by choral singing and prominent basslines played on electronically amplified guitars.

[Zulu -mbaqanga in umbaqanga, thick porridge made of cornmeal or millet, mbaqanga (originally applied to the music as a derogatory term by those who considered it simple and homemade).]


(Pop Music) a style of Black popular music of urban South Africa
[C20: perhaps from Zulu umbaqanga mixture]


(bɑˈkɑŋ gə, əm bɑ-)
a rhythmic style of South African popular music derived from Zulu music, jazz, and rock and played on electric guitar, bass, and drums.
[1960–65; perhaps < Zulu umbaqanga thick porridge of maize or sorghum (or a cognate Nguni word)]


A South African musical style that evolved in the Black Townships in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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The Mahotella Queens are a trio of spirited singers (and dancers), who play a more hardcore mbaqanga variety of township music.
Full of talent and innovation, African Flag Pantsula has created eight of their own Pantsula styles namely: Taptsula a combination of Pantsula and Tap Dance, Gumtsula a fusion of Pantsula Boot Dance, Classical Pantsula, Gear/slowpoison pantsula, Type and Hip-Hop Pantsula, Traditional and Mbaqanga Pantsula, Kwaito Pantsula and South Africa Wedding Pantsula.
That Colmbiafrica somehow take in Zimbabwean Chimurenga guitar and South African township mbaqanga along the way does raise the eyebrows, though.
Week two will feature the sounds of the 1950s through 1970s, including kwela, Zulu jive and mbaqanga, a style that melds traditional Zulu dance rhythms with classic American soul and R&B.
He had heard 23-year old Hilda Tloubatla singing on South Africa's state radio station SABC and he introduced her to the other two core 'Queens', Nobesuthu Shawe Mbadu and Mildred Man-gxola, as well as to Mahlathini and the Makgona Tsohle Band, a Mbaqanga instrumental band.
Gevolglik het talle voorbeelde van 'n vermenging van rock of ander wit style (soos boeremusiek) met plaaslike swart idiome soos marabi, kwela en mbaqanga binne die kommersiele musiekterrein na vore getree.
Enfin, a cette liste d'evenements -- qui est bien sur loin d'etre exhaustive -- ayant jalonne l'emergence des musiques du monde en tant que categorie importante de la musique contemporaine, il convient d'ajouter, d'une part, la chanson We are the World, chantee par 37 musiciens des Etats-Unis regroupes sous le nom USA for Africa, et Graceland, un enregistrement realise en 1986 par le chanteur americain Paul Simon avec des artistes sud-africains, qui mele le rock au mbaqanga et a l'isicathamiya.
Today, I conduct a youth symphony orchestra, we take mbaqanga and arrange it, we take any great classical tune and play it, and then they marvel: 'We thought you were only a jazz trumpet player.
This group was to become to modern Manding music what E T Mensah was to Ghanaian Highlife, what Mahlathini was to Mbaqanga (South African township jive) and what I K Dairo was to Nigeria's Juju music.
developed, simple catchy tunes, rhythms that bring the shuffle of South African mbaqanga into the jazz idiom, and a similarly optimistic spirit to Richard Bona's.
Umoja bounds into the vintage township pop and jazz styles of mbaqanga, flirts with a Car Wash-inspired jumble of 1970s characters, then sweeps up to the spiritual heights of acapella gospel and, of course, indulges in a spate of gumboot dancing.