Definition of Ngoni in English:

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Pronunciation: /(ə)ŋˈɡəʊni/

noun (plural same or Ngonis)

1A member of a people now living chiefly in Malawi.
Example sentences
  • Chewas and Ngonis he said formed a large community in Africa but times had changed and people were abandoning culture and tradition.
  • We, the under-signed Ngonis, have noticed the resistance in the current committee's commitment to holding a general meeting and also have a strong desire to win this season's Ngoni-Bemba tournament.
  • The Ngonis boast of Sports Council of Zambia chairman Julius Sakala, hard hitting Brian Moyo, Matthew Nkhuwa, Mwanza and team ‘technical adviser’ David Phiri who will offer moral support to his tribesmen.
2 (ngoni) A kind of traditional African drum.
Example sentences
  • One composition may highlight the possibilities of the balafon whilst another concentrates on the ngoni or Kora.
  • And there's some delightfully crunchy interplay of guitar and the small banjo-like ngoni on ‘Yambo’.
  • Issa Bagayogo comes from a farming family in southern Mali and discovered his love of the instruments that were available to him, namely the kamele ngoni.


Relating to the Ngoni.
Example sentences
  • She has sung Ngoni songs and we did contemporary support to the songs.
  • They came primarily from the Luba and Lunda tribes of southern Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Angola but were joined in the 19th century by Ngoni peoples from the south.
  • I would be in Ngoni attire.


A local name.

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