Definition of benga in English:



  • A style of African popular music originating in Kenya, characterized by a fusion of traditional Kenyan music and a lively arrangement of guitars, bass, and vocals.

    • ‘In the cities, benga, a fusion of Western and Kenyan music, is popular.’
    • ‘By the late '60s, guitar-based bands cranked out songs in an energetic new style called benga that thrived for two decades and survives today.’
    • ‘His rural home is in the middle of an area that has been a hotbed of musical activity for the specific type of benga played by the Luo people, a community based around the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya’s Nyanza Province.’


1980s: from Luo (a Kenyan language).