3,105,000 (2000 census).
South Sumatra Province, Musi river upstream to Bukit Barisan mountains, downstream to eastern coastal swamplands.
3 (Wider communication).
Belide, Burai, Coastal Malay, Kelingi, Lematang Ilir, Meranjat, Musi Sekayu, Palembang Lama, Pegagan, Penesak, Penukal, Rawas; Palembang. A mutually-intelligible dialect chain stretching along the Musi River with 2 subgroups: Musi and Palembang.