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A long, usually white garment worn by men in Africa.

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(Clothing & Fashion) a long garment, usually white, with long sleeves, worn by E African men
[C20: from Swahili]
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Noun1.kanzu - (Swahili) a long garment (usually white) with long sleeves; worn by men in East Africa
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
Swahili - the most widely spoken Bantu languages; the official language of Kenya and Tanzania and widely used as a lingua franca in east and central Africa
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CCTV FOOTAGE Pressed to explain whether the clothing was a jacket or a kanzu, Ms Jepkosgey said there were photos showing a jacket, and others a kanzu, adding that she was the one who took the pictures.
The speaker said the Kanzu, worn by Muslims, is permissible as long as a member wears a coat over it.
kind of training that then was to prepare the young for the future.' (6) He described how his father, a retired official from Kooki, on the fringes of Buganda, had trained those within his household, giving each an office, and holding them accountable, setting a young Endadi to learn household chores, including making butter, caring for children and sewing his own kanzu, and also to learn to make barkcloth, work for a blacksmith, brew beer, build a house, work on a road, and more.
In the maze of Stone Town's streets, roving packs of little boys dressed in white robes (kanzu) with new hats (kofia) zoomed around corners, exploding with excitement.
Daniel Kaluuya in a traditional Kanzu from Uganda with a Burberry blazer, Christian Louboutin shoes and David Yurman jewelry.
In the January 2012 video, a light-skinned bearded man in his late 30s dressed in a flowing kanzu and wearing the rimless glasses once favoured by Trotsky, speaks fluent Kiswahili inflected with Arabic.
(2) He obtained the name "Kivebulaya," meaning "the thing of Europe," when he began wearing the jacket of a British soldier with a kanzu, the long white Ganda robe.
They say we imitate Western culture hence we can forgo our tradition of wearing kanzu and kofia (Answari Etheri and Ahmed Ali Salim, personal interview, 13 September 2010, Pemba).
It was fascinating to watch men in their kanzu ( white robes) and kofia ( caps) sit around, chatting animatedly while veiled women in their flowing black bui-- bui ( cover- alls) and colorful outfits went about their business.
Photographs of the chief minister from the 1900s show him wearing a dark silk robe or joho over a white kanzu or full-length robe.
figure By PETER MWAURA This is my belated New Year message: Not everyone dressed in a kanzu and kofia is an imam or sheikh.
Investigators last Friday visited a spot in the langata home where Irungu is said to have burnt some clothes including a kanzu.