Nguni male-voice choral work incorporating the forceful singing of chords, a stylistic effect characteristic of (especially early forms of) mbube. Also attributive.See also Nguninoun sense 1 a.
1957D. Rycroft inAfr. MusicVol.1No.4, 33One of the oddest and loudest forms of African noise to be heard nightly in some of the larger South African towns is described by its makers as ‘Zulu Male Traditional Singing’..when speaking to non-Zulus. Such singing, by small, all male, choirs and the restrained kind of strutting dance or slouch which goes with it is, however, a new tradition...Among the singers themselves it is called ‘Bombing’...The conductor..executes vigorous and precisely timed signals, both manual and vocal, for the attack of each choral yell. Explosive fortissimo chords result...Any evening..in Johannesburg, small groups of Bombing enthusiasts are to be heard rehearsing.
1980D.B. CoplanUrbanization of African Performing Arts. 335Zulu and Swazi migrants..expressed their new urban identity in ingoma ebusuku competitions. During the 1940’s the competing groups were known as ‘bombing’ choirs: their..choral yells were intended to sound like the wartime aircraft shown on bioscope newsreels...‘Bombing’ was an urban but non-Western form.
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