Definition of kwaito in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwʌɪtəʊ/


[mass noun] South African
A style of popular music similar to hip-hop, featuring vocals recited over an instrumental backing with strong bass lines.
Example sentences
  • He adds that it is not kwaito, not hip hop but rather different genres mixed up.
  • This brings us to the common claim that much kwaito is apolitical.
  • The film features rap, kwaito, hip-hop and traditional music from Zanzibar, Johannesburg and Cape Town.


1990s: named after the Amakwaito, a group of 1950s gangsters in Sophiatown (a former quarter of Johannesburg), or from Afrikaans kwaai 'angry, vicious', slang 'excellent, great'.

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