Definition of mbalax in English:

mbalax

Line breaks: mbalax
Pronunciation: /(ə)mˈbalaks
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
A type of Senegalese popular music derived from a combination of traditional Wolof drumming patterns and Cuban popular music.
More example sentences
  • It had no sleevenotes, a token shot of mbalax (modernised traditional Wolof) drumming, and a single dancefloor hit.
  • She is stirring up a potent stew, her Mexican folk stock infused with pinches of dub reggae, Senegalese mbalax and Indian classical sliding.
  • Over the past two decades his output has ranged from the driving Senegalese style, mbalax, through to dodgy western-influenced ballads.

Origin

Wolof, literally 'rhythm'.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day crowdsource
Pronunciation: ˈkraʊdsɔːs
verb
obtain (information) by enlisting help of many people…