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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 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 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 previewButterfly Burning (2000)

A Novel by Yvonne Vera

Kwela means to climb into the waiting ...

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 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 previewEncyclopedia of African Literature (2003)

by Simon Gikandi

More than Brothers: Peter Clarke and James Matthews at70, Cape Town: Kwela Publishers. SIMON GIKANDI M a unick,Edour d J. b. 1931, Flack, Mauritius poet, writer,and diplomat Wellknown and wellrespected poet, ...

Google previewDictionary (1984)

by Karl Horst Schmidt

ren eh whaaley iii: bwaagh dooys ren e kwela 'fuzt 'bwetx 'du:s TT ...

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Kwela Meaning

Video shows what kwela means. A style of music first played in the townships whose principal instrument is the penny whistle.. Kwela Meaning. How to ...

Scrabble value of K5W4E1L1A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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