nounSouth 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.
The style became popular in the 1960s.
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).