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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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Graceland," which incorporated mbaqanga music of South Africa with American pop, that became his magnum opus.
And if 'liveness' provides privileged access to world music markets for the mbaqanga musicians and producers Meintjes describes, it also calls attention to the fact that other musical styles lack these qualities.
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.
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.
When Paul Simon incorporated South African mbaqanga music into his Graceland album, critics accused him of cultural imperialism, but mbaqanga was itself largely an amalgam of Western spirituals, jazz, rock 'n' roll and even minstrel music--so much so that many South Africans scorned mbaqanga as derivative.
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.
But it also rocks hard with echoes of the buoyant vocals and brightly bouncy beats of South African mbaqanga.