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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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It included the unforgettable Jonas Gwangwa's mbhaqanga composition, "Shebeen", the highlight of the album (p.
The haunting strains of the Jonas Gwangwa's mbhaqanga composition, "Shebeen" from the album Union of South Africa of 1967 bespeak of this understanding of the dialectic of subject and home dialectic, which is not found at any point in Mbatha's narrative.