Definition of malombo in English:

malombo

(also molombo)

noun

South African
  • 1A Venda rite of exorcism and healing conducted by a diviner, accompanied by drumming, singing, and dancing, which causes a high state of nervous excitement. Usually attributive.

  • 2A style of music combining elements of the music performed in traditional malombo ceremonies, especially the drums and drumming style, with elements taken from jazz and African popular music.

Origin

1930s. From Venda malombo, lit. ‘spirit’. Sense 2 is after the name of the group Malombo who pioneered this style of music in the mid 1960s.

Pronunciation

malombo

/məˈlɒmbəʊ/