Meaning of mgqashiyo in English:

mgqashiyo

(also mqhashiyo)

noun

South African Music
  • A style of popular music featuring close-harmony singing (usually by a three- or four-woman group) of traditional or neo-traditional African (especially Zulu) songs set to mbaqanga rhythms and instrumentation.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in World (Johannesburg). From Zulu umgqashiyo from um- prefix forming singular nouns + -gqashiyo (from gqashiya to dance attractively or in a modern style).

Pronunciation

mgqashiyo

/(ə)mkəˈʃiːjəʊ/