- n. South Africa A style of music first played in the townships whose principal instrument is the penny whistle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of danceable music popular among black South Africans; it includes a whistle among its instruments.
- n. a kind of danceable music popular among black South Africans; includes a whistle among its instruments
- Nguni group of languages: kwela get-up, climb. (Wiktionary)
“They were in "police vehicles, some in private cars, some in … big vans called kwela-kwela's and some in smaller ones" driving up the main road.”
“It is a great loss to music lovers, especially jazz followers, some of whom were almost addicted to his marabi and kwela music, and to cultural activists generally.”
“It sounded like someone was throwing coins and dice on the table and, amid a lively conversation, out came the words "here comes kwela kwela".”
“(Jeremiah 20: 9) ayos to sir a!!! ginawang happy song ang sandman ang kwela e mismong metallica nag-perform ng piece ... di ko na makontrol ang aking GAS. kung kelan nawalan ng pagkukuhaan ng pera ngayon matindi ang gas.”
“Mbaqanga (referring to a type of cornmeal or porridge but generally understood to mean "homemade") was the name given to the type of popular jive music that emerged in the townships of South Africa in the 1960s as a development of the pennywhistle (or kwela) music of the 1950s.”
“The latter track is reminiscent of the popular kwela instrumentals of the previous decade, except that the whistle has been usurped by the electrified sounds of keyboards, angular lead guitar, and driving bass.”
“Graceland, though echoes of its lilting South African kwela music are heard on”
“All the biggies are here from the colourful group which rose in the 80s to provide a wonderful mish-mash of 50s SA urban styles, contemporary pop, kwela, African jazz, marabi and Sophiatown big band swing.”
“They rode the winds of free jazz, added the flavor of dance music and enticed with the beat of the kwela.”
“Tom Hark by the Piranhas [a cover of a South African kwela song] was a summer hit in 1980.”
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