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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He rode to fame on the mambo and cha-cha craze of the Eisenhower years, dazzling audiences with his frenetic riffs.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

popular dance (like the rhumba but livelier), September 1948, from American Spanish mambo, said by Webster to be from Haitian creole word for "voodoo priestess."


n. 1 A Latin-American musical genre originating from Cuba in the 1940s. 2 A fast-paced Latin American dance inspired by mambo music. vb. (context intransitive English) To perform this dance.

Mambo (music)

Mambo is a musical genre and dance style that developed originally in Cuba. The word "Mambo", similarly to other afroamerican musical denominations as conga, milonga, bomba, tumba, samba, bamba,bamboula, tambo, tango, cumbé, cumbia and candombe, denote an African origin, particularly from Congo, due to the presence of certain characteristic combinations of sounds, such as mb, ng and nd, which belong to the Niger-Congo linguistic complex. In modern Swahili, the word "mambo" corresponds to the English word "things" The Oxford Online Dictionary states that "mambo" is a Haitian-Creole word for "voodoo priestess".

Mambo (software)

Mambo (formerly named Mambo Open Source or MOS) was a free software/ open source content management system (CMS) for creating and managing websites through a simple web interface. Its last release was in 2008, by which time all of the developers had left for forks of the project, mainly Joomla and MiaCMS.


Mambo most often refers to:

  • Mambo (music), a Cuban musical form
  • Mambo (dance), a dance corresponding to mambo music

Mambo may also refer to:

Mambo (dance)

Mambo is a Latin dance of Cuba. Mambo was invented during the 1930s by the native Cuban musician and composer Arsenio Rodríguez, developed in Havana by Cachao and made popular by Dámaso Pérez Prado and Benny Moré.

Mambo (Vodou)

Mambo is the term for a female (as opposed to the Houngan, or male) High Priest in the Vodou religion in Haiti.

Manbo are the highest form of female clergy in the religion, whose responsibility it is to preserve the rituals and songs and maintain the relationship between the spirits and the community as a whole (though some of this is the responsibility of the whole community as well). They are entrusted with leading the service of all of the spirits of their lineage.

There are two ranks of manbo, manbo asogwe (high priestess) and manbo si pwen / manbo sur point ("junior priestess"). A manbo asogwe is the highest female member of clergy in vodou; she is the only one with authority to ordain other priests (a responsibility shared by Houngan Asogwe, the title for a male High Priest. Vodou does not impose particular responsibilities or limitations based on gender; titles may differ, but the tradition has open gender parity.)

Mambo (artist)

Flavien Demarigny, aka Mambo (born 1969) is a Franco-Hungarian artist, born in Santiago, Chile.

Mambo is the alias of Franco-Hungarian artist Flavien Demarigny. Mambo describes his work as an illustrated brain, full of visions and emotions. He draws or paints as if he is writing, creating art that you can read. Everyone can build their own story simply by watching it.

Mambo (film)

'' Mambo'' is a film written and directed from 1952 to 1953 by Robert Rossen and released in 1955. A mambo craze spread through the USA in the 1950s, and Rossen aimed to repair his finances after almost two years without work since his 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee hearing.

Mambo (1938 song)

"Mambo" is a 1938 danzón nuevo ritmo by Antonio Arcaño y sus Maravillas. It was composed by the band's cellist/multi-instrumentalist Orestes López. The piece includes a final section with syncopated montunos which would give rise to the mambo music genre popularized by Dámaso Pérez Prado and others.

Mambo (Azúcar Moreno album)

Mambo is the fifth studio album by Spanish duo Azúcar Moreno, released on CBS- Epic in 1991.

The duo's two previous studio albums Carne De Melocotón and Bandido had resulted in the release of two remix albums, Mix in Spain and The Sugar Mix Album. Mambo was their first studio album on which the influences from contemporary dance music genres like house music, R&B and hip hop were fully integrated in the original production; the track "Feria" even saw the sisters making their debut as rappers. The album was also the first not to be entirely recorded in Spain or predominantly produced by their longtime collaborator Julio Palacios - it had no less than ten producers.

The lead single "Torero!", although as typically flamenco-flavoured as their international breakthrough single "Bandido", was in fact written and produced by Englishmen Nick Fisher and Garry Hughes and German Zeus B. Held and was recorded in London. Fisher and Hughes have since gone on to collaborate with numerous artists in the electronica/experimental/ world music genres under the moniker Echo System, including Björk, The Shamen, Salif Keita, Garbage and Pop Will Eat Itself. "Torero!" was in 1992 covered in Turkish under the title "Yetti Artik" ("That's it" in Turkish) by Tarkan, one of Turkey's biggest stars both domestically and internationally. The song was included on his debut album Yine Sensiz ("Again without you" in Turkish).

Follow-up single and title track "Mambo" was written and produced by Enrique "Kiki" Garcia and Hector Almaguer, both longtime collaborators with Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine and writers of numerous hits for Julio Iglesias, Chayanne and José Luis Rodríguez. "Mambo" was Azúcar Moreno's first recording made in Miami, the United States and also the first to include Cuban influences, of which there would be plenty on the following albums Ojos Negros and El Amor. In the United States the single reached #6 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Further singles issued from Mambo include a cover of Nino Segarra's "Tu Quieres Más (Porque Te Amo)" (#12, US Hot Latin Tracks), "Lujuria" and "Ahora O Nunca", the latter composed by the team behind "Bandido". Just like the Bandido album, Mambo also featured a number of flamenco/dance cover versions of songs from a wide variety of genres; the 60s soul classic " (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher", originally recorded by Jackie Wilson, the Mexican standard " Bésame Mucho" from the 1940s, The Rolling Stones' 1966 hit " Paint It, Black" and " El Cóndor Pasa", a Peruvian Andean folk tune covered by Simon & Garfunkel on their final studio album Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1970.

Mambo, which sold double platinum in Azúcar Moreno's native Spain, became their proper breakthrough album not only in Latin America but also on the Japanese market where all their albums have been released ever since. The Japanese edition of Mambo was issued with different cover art and the CD included two tracks from their previous studio albums Carne De Melocotón and Bandido, "Aunque Me Falte El Aire" and "Bandido", as bonus features. The ten track vinyl edition issued in most parts of the world omitted "Feria", "Paint It Black" and the alternate mixes of "Torero!" and "Mambo". In the United States the album reached #5 on Billboard's Latin Pop chart.

"Mambo" and "Tu Quieres Más (Porque Te Amo)" were both included on Azúcar Moreno's first greatest hits album Mucho Azúcar – Grandes Éxitos, released in 1997.

Usage examples of "mambo".

The elaborate ruins of Dhlo Dhlo and Khami, of Niekerk and Inyanga and Penhalonga, even the last levels of Mapungubwe, all belong to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: while the Mambo line of Ba-Rozwi rulers which had established itself at Great Zimbabwe in the first years of the seventeenth century would continue into the first decades of the nineteenth.

Spellbinder, Soliloquy, Atlas, Logjam, Caribou, Ludwig, Samba, Mambo, Rhumba, Chatterley, Vladimir, Lava, Bliss, Torquemada, Flint, Devil-May-Care, Whitewater, Winter Morning, Vernal, Equinox, Mesa, Calliope, Grandstand, Olivia!

Ultimately, what drove him to put his job on the line was the failure of the banks and US Treasury to change course when confronted with the crisesfailures and suffering perpetrated by their four-step monetarist mambo.

There were no heat signatures for the bokor, the hougan or the mambos.

You're the one doing the horizontal mambo with the dead guy, you tell me?

Jordan looked up at the bird's proud, cruel head, at the sightless eyes which stared blankly towards the north, towards the land of the Mambos and the Monomatapa which men now called Rhodesia, and where the white eagle and the black bull were again locked in mortal conflict, and Jordan felt a sense of helplessness and emptiness, as though he were caught up in the coils of destiny and was unable to break free.

There will be no peace in the kingdoms of the Mambos or the Monomatopas until they return.

She foresaw that the man who brought the falcons back to Zimbabwe would rule the land as once did the Mambos and Monomatopas, as once did your ancestors Lobengula and great Mzilikazi.

There shall be no peace in the kingdoms of the Mambos or the Monomatopas until they return.

Zouga leaned forward, listening intently, There shall be no peace in the kingdoms of the Mambos or the Monomatapa until they return.

There shall be no peace in the kingdoms of the Mambos or the Monomatapas until they return.

If local houngans and mambos, male and female priests, had done their job, thousands of faithful would be in attendance.

Women priests or mambos have to do the same thing with a senior mambo.

Once my forefathers were great kings, they were Mambos of all the land, and that is still my name and dignity.

But one minute Beauvoir’s talking biz, street tech, like I never heard before, and the next he’s talking mambos and ghosts and snakes and, and .