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From Acholi naŋa.



nanga ‎(plural nangas)

  1. (music) A simple wooden harp or zither used in central and eastern Africa.
    • 1950, Roslyn Rensch, The harp: from Tara's halls to the American schools:
      The "shoulder harp" or "nanga" had a boat-shaped sound chest.
    • 1975, Sibyl Marcuse, A survey of musical instruments, p. 403:
      The nanga of Nubia is similar; here also, long wooden pegs prevent the strings from slipping.
    • 1986, Okot p'Bitek, Artist, the Ruler:
      The artist uses his voice, he sings his laws to the accompaniment of the nanga, the harp; he twists his body to the rhythm of the drums, to proclaim his rules.




nanga (needs class)

  1. anchor (tool to hook a vessel into sea bottom)

This Swahili entry was created from the translations listed at anchor. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see nanga in the Swahili Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) July 2009