Definition of mgqashiyo in English:


Pronunciation /(ə)mkəˈʃiːjəʊ/


(also mqhashiyo)
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.

    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).