mbamba, noun

Forms:
Also mbhambha.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Perhaps from Zulu bamba belabour, strike with a heavy stick.
Mainly in urban (especially township) slang: an illicitly brewed raw liquor, made usually of yeast, brown bread, brown sugar, and water. Cf. Barberton sense 2, kill-me-quick, mamba sense 4, shimiyana, skokiaan sense 1 a.
a1968 D.C. Themba in E. Patel World of Can Themba (1985) 138African men come from the neighbouring mines, the town, and industrial concerns for their mugful of mbamba (barberton). But barberton is a poison made in such a way as to give a quick kick. It is made of bread, yeast and sugar.
1970 H. Kuper Witch in my Heart 40Have you tasted mbamba?
1970 H. Kuper Witch in my Heart 70All sorts of intoxicating potions, such as skokiaan, mbamba and kill-me-quick.
1980 M. Matshoba in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 115The poisonous brew of yeast, brown bread, brown sugar and water, mbamba or skokiaan and other variations of the same thing, which were readily available and out of sight of the people of the location.
1981 M. Mzamane in Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (1991) 398Took him to their favourite shebeens in the township where they drank mbhambha.
1982 Pace May 34All the illegal concotions being brewed by domestic servants in their quarters — skomfaan, mbamba, skokiaan, barberton, what have you.
1990 G. Slovo Ties of Blood 143The deadly mbamba — a drink brewed from yeast, so vicious that it could waste a man within the space of one short year.
1987 M. Melamu Children of Twilight 284She had actually fallen into the pit in which Ntsoaki had stored her mbamba.
an illicitly brewed raw liquor, made usually of yeast, brown bread, brown sugar, and water.

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