mbube, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu, vocative of imbube lion (plural izimbube); so named after the title of a song in this style, composed by Solomon Linda and recorded in 1939 by his group ‘The Evening Birds’, which became very popular both in South Africa and abroad (where it was adapted and given the name ‘Wimoweh’).
Music
A style of male choral music, usually unaccompanied, combining traditional Zulu song with hymns and American gospel music, often featuring the vocal style known as bombing, and performed to slow, synchronized dance movements patterned after Zulu regimental dancing; ingoma busuku; isicathamiya. Also attributive.
Note:
The style first emerged during World War I; the ‘bombing’ element was apparently introduced during World War II.
c1948 H. Tracey Lalela Zulu p.x‘Mbube’ songs..are composed upon the slightest of lyrics. But this does not matter. They are designed to show off the immaculate suitings and the fine team-work of the half-dozen or so young men who..strut archly to and fro across the stage.
1952 Drum Dec. 29Someone said to me ‘Mbube’ tunes were so primitive, too tribal for piano accompaniment..and ‘Mbube’ is about twenty years old. To settle the argument the ‘Durban Evening Birds’ have done it.
1954 Bantu World 8 May (Suppl.) 14This factory makes thousands of records a day — everything from mbube and jazz to American crooners and world famous symphony orchestras.
1986 Learn & Teach No.5, 14‘Mbube’ music started long ago. ‘Mbube’ groups only use their voices. We never use guitars or pianos. So our voices must sound very beautiful.
1987 Drum Apr. 6An amalgam of African mbube music, mbaqanga rhythms and American pop sound was at home in Harare and a huge crowd..turned out.
1989 G. O’Hara in Weekly Mail 20 Jan. 25Golden-voice mbube artists Black Mambazo look set to scoop their second Grammy Award.
1991 N. Mbatha in Pace Feb. 28I used to go with my father to single male hostels over the weekends. He was an ardent mbube follower. I would accompany him to mbube sessions, which exposed me to praise-poetry.
A style of male choral music, usually unaccompanied, combining traditional Zulu song with hymns and American gospel music, often featuring the vocal style known as bombing, and performed to slow, synchronized dance movements patterned after Zulu regimental dancing; ingoma busuku; isicathamiya. Also attributive.

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