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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 (9 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: Music of South Africa (2010)

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 previewDecolonising Gender (2007)

Literature and a Poetics of the Real by Caroline Rooney

Kwela means to climb into the waiting police jeeps. This word alone has been adapted to do marvellous things. It can carry so much more than a word should be asked to carry: rejection, distaste, surrender, envy. And full desire. [...

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 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

baye bekwela, contrac. babe- kwela, they were riding, or used to ride ; baye bengasenganga, contrac. babengase- nganga, they had not milked, or had not used to milk ; baCye) bengayi kulima, they should not have ploughed ; or they will not ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of British Poetry, 1900 to the Present, Second Edition

by EPUB 2-3

Kwela/Snailpress, 2002. ———. Transfer. Snailpress, Cape Town, S.A.: Snailpress, 1997. Ingrid De Kok Web Page.

Google previewStudent Encyclopedia of African Literature (2008)

by G. D. Killam, Alicia L. Kerfoot

Cape Town, South Africa: Kwela Books, 1995. Mphahlele, Es'kia (Ezekiel) (1919–) A South African novelist, short-story writer, and critic, Mphahlele was born in Pretoria.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East (2009)

by Facts On File, Incorporated

Coloured by History, Shaped by Place: New Perspectives on Coloured Identities in Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa: Kwela and SA ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Aethiopica: He-N (2007)

by Siegbert Uhlig

swama, 'brain'; kwela, 'cooked'. Other sequences of two consonants are possible in medial position only. Nearly all nouns, adjectives ...

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