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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 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.
For the reception that night, the Jazz Maniacs, South Africa's top township orchestra, played selections from their swing and mbhaqanga repertoire (mbhaqanga was the dominant music of the townships in South Africa--a sound as joyous and sad as any thing in the world, but I'll get to that later).
The African bands also composed township versions of American swing music, styles that came to be known as marabi, mbhaqanga, jit, and kwela, hybrids that have stood the test of time, many of which are still popular today.