/ˈkweɪlə/ (say 'kwayluh)

a type of music resembling jazz, popular in South Africa among Bantu and Cape Coloured communities, chiefly using simple instruments, as the penny whistle.
{Xhosa and Zulu: climb on}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Kwela — Kwela, auch Pennywhistle Jive, ist die Bezeichnung einer jazzorientierten, südafrikanischen Musik aus den 1950er Jahren. Charakteristisch ist die Verwendung der Blechflöte (Pennywhistle) als Melodieinstrument. Inspiriert durch Musiker wie Lester… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kwela — is a happy, often pennywhistle based, street music from southern Africa with jazzy underpinnings. It evolved from the marabi sound and brought South African music to international prominence in the 1950s. The music is rooted in Africa, but later… …   Wikipedia

  • kwela — n. A kind of danceable music popular among black South Africans; it includes a whistle among its instruments. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kwela — n. m. Musique et danse populaires des townships d Afrique du Sud en vogue depuis les années 50 …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Kwela — Le kwela est un style de musique sud africain des années 1950, caractérisé par le jeu jazzy d un tin whistle. De tous les genres de musique utilisant le tin whistle, le kwela est le seul qui soit totalement dominé par cet instrument, le style… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • kwela — noun A style of music first played in the townships whose principal instrument is the penny whistle …   Wiktionary

  • kwela — kwe|la [ kweılə ] noun uncount a type of popular music developed by black people in South Africa …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • kwela — n. poplar rhythmical African music that has a whistle among its instruments (similar to jazz) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kwela — [ kweɪlə] noun a style of rhythmical popular African music resembling jazz. Origin Afrik., perh. from Zulu khwela mount, climb …   English new terms dictionary

  • kwela — noun (U) a kind of dance music popular among black South African people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • kwela — UK [ˈkweɪlə] / US noun [uncountable] music a type of popular music developed by black people in South Africa …   English dictionary

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