350,000 (2000 census).
Sumatra, north Bengkulu Province. Southwest highlands; areas near Arga Makmur, Muara Aman, Curup, and Kapahiang towns; South Sumatra Province, Musi Rawas Ulu.
Kepahiang (Kebanagung), Lebong, Musi (Curup), Pasisir, Rawas. Lebong recognized as central dialect.
Vigorous language vitality. Very positive attitudes. Low bilingualism in Indonesian [ind].
85% live in remote rural areas. Different from Rejang-Baram group of languages on Borneo. Musi and Rawas dialects (named after rivers they are on) not to be confused with Malay varieties of the same name. Muslim.