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mbongo, noun

Forms:
bongo, m’bongaShow more Also bongo, m’bonga, 'mbongo, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Zulu, XhosaShow more Adaptation of Zulu and Xhosa imbongi, see imbongi.
colloquial
1. rare. imbongi sense 1.
1875 P. in A.M.L. Robinson Sel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 198The humdrum tones of the chief’s ‘bongo’, who chanted his praise in the Kafir tongue.
1982 Argus 22 Oct. 14The high-and-the-mighty and minor pooh-bahs alike move around with Mbongos (Zulu praise-singers) preceding them with out-bursts of toadying sycophancy.
2. transferred sense. Often derisive. A representative, or an enthusiastic supporter, of a political group; a political ‘yes-man’. See also jabroer.
1911 E. Prov. Herald 12 Oct.Ministerial ’mbongo talks at Grahamstown. Professor Fremantle addressed a fairly large gathering of citizens this evening in the Town Hall.
1989 Sunday Times 3 Sept. 29Windhoek advocate and long-time Swapo mbongo Mr Anton Lubowski has visited South Africa to reassure businessmen that a future Namibia will be a good place to invest.
imbongi1.
A representative, or an enthusiastic supporter, of a political group; a political ‘yes-man’.

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