Meaning of ngoma in English:


Pronunciation /(ə)ŋˈɡəʊmə/


  • (in East Africa) a dance; a night of dancing and music.

    ‘traditional ngoma, incorporating music, dance, and drama’
    • ‘she was walking out one evening to an ngoma’
    • ‘The ngoma is where traditional music is played, but it's no rock concert.’
    • ‘Björn Merker has noted that the Greek mousiké encompasses melody, dance, and poetry, while the Bantu ngoma covers drumming, singing, dancing and festivity and the Blackfoot saapup covers singing, dancing, and ceremony.’


Kiswahili, literally ‘drum, dance, music’.