Definition of imbongi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbɔːŋɡi/

noun (plural izimbongi or iimbongi or imbongis)

South African
(In traditional African society) a composer and orator of poems praising a chief or other figurehead: an imbongi will introduce the chief by reciting
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  • The suite features the unusual combination of standard big band, with the addition of a traditional imbongi (praise singer) and a young rapper, and promises to be very exciting and hip.
  • Those who were in the legislature during Stofile's address will remember the two imbongis who sang the praises of Stofile and the African National Congress inside the chamber.
  • Spectators will also be treated to a display of indigenous games and praise-singing by traditional imbongis - let me not divulge all the surprises.


From Xhosa (plural iim-) and Zulu (plural izim-).

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