Definition of kwela noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkwelə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwelə//
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a type of South African jazz music in which the main part is usually played on a penny whistle (= a type of long whistle with holes in it that you can cover with your fingers to produce different notes) Word Origin1950s: Afrikaans, perhaps from Zulu khwela ‘mount, climb’.