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Definition of the noun kwela

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noun - plural: -

  1. a kind of danceable music popular among black South Africans; includes a whistle among its instruments

Alternative definition of the noun kwela


  1. [South Africa] A style of music first played in the townships whose principal instrument is the penny whistle.


Kwela a.k.a. House of Kwela is a record label.


  1. Kwela is a pennywhistle-based, street music from southern Africa with jazzy underpinnings and a distinctive, skiffle-like beat. It evolved from the marabi sound and brought South African music to international prominence in the 1950s.
  2. "Kwela" is a musical album by Mafikizolo.
    • released in (10 years ago)
    • award:
      • South African Music Award for Group or Duo of the Year nomination for Mafikizolo
      • South African Music Award for Group or Duo of the Year, received by Mafikizolo

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Kwela

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Google previewMusics of Many Cultures (1983)

An Introduction by Elizabeth May

Kivela Kwela is a form of black South African pop music that became such a craze that in Johannesburg it was banned for disrupting traffic. Performers frequently played by the roadside and allegedly diverted the attention of motorists , some of ...

Google previewFocus on Music of South Africa (2008)

by Carol A. Muller

Kwela is the quintessential sound of South African pennywhistle music that came to the world's attention in the 1950s. It was one of the direct relatives of marabi. Initially, young boys stood on street corners playing the music they heard on ...

Google previewThe Politics of Everyday Life in Gikuyu Popular Musice of Kenya 1990-2000 (2014)

by wa Mutonya, Maina

Kwela is a happy, often pennywhistle based, street music from southern Africa with jazzy underpinnings.

Google previewSoweto Blues (2005)

Jazz, Popular Music, and Politics in South Africa by Gwen Ansell

Kwela is the Zulu term for 'Climb up!' or 'Get on!' and police vans were nicknamed kwela-kweta for the way the police ...

Google previewButterfly Burning (2000)

A Novel by Yvonne Vera

Kwela means to climb into the waiting ...

Google previewThe World of South African Music (2005)

A Reader by Christine Lucia

Kwela is an urban South African popular music style which developed in Johannesburg's black townships during the 1950s. Originally played on pennywhistles by small boys, adolescents and young adults, kwela was later also performed on ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Ila Usage, 1860-1960 (2000)

by Dennis G. Fowler

kwela - to beat, as the ...

Google previewZigula-English Dictionary (1906)

by Walter Henry Kisbey

kwela ku-. ridge-pole, s., mgamba n1i-. ridicule, s., uhungu, sezengo ma-, ufyosi. ridicule, v., damanya “ hungu ...

Google previewDictionary of the Tebele & Shuna Languages (1897)

With Illustrative Sentences and Some Grammatical Notes

Kwela ipiza. see " Gallop/ " Tro V' " Canter. " Bidge, n.,*ee'' Bank."Ulu-boba, Bidicule, v. tr. Hlega. Bifle, n. XXm-pobo (mu-mi). „ breech- loading.

Google previewA Kaffir-English Dictionary (1899)

by Albert Kropf

uku- Kwela, ...

Google previewThe Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of Music (2014)

by Barrie Jones

em African kwela in the 1950s, juju in Nigeria, and Congolese in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Age of Anxiety, The second symphony by Leonard Bernstein (after the poem by W H Auden), first performed Boston, 8 April 1949, conductor ...

Google previewDictionary and Grammar of the Kongo Language (1887)

As Spoken at San Salvador, the Ancient Capital of the Old Kongo Empire, West Africa by William Holman Bentley

sompa, kwela (Bako.). (of the woman), soinpwa. (of the woman's parents), sompesa. Marsh, «., nyaba, 4 ; ntaba, 4- (grassy), welexi, 6 (where ewelewele grass grows). papyrus, budi, 6. Marshy ground, «., ntaka, 2. Martyr, «., mbangi, 2 ( witness) ...

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Scrabble value of K5W4E1L1A1

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