158,000 (1987), increasing.
Mbeya Region, Mbeya urban, Mbeya rural, Chunya, and Mbozi districts, Mbeya and Poroto mountain ranges; border area, Iringa Region, north of Lake Malawi.
Central Safwa, Guruka (Shisafwa), Mbwila (Uleenje, Ulenje), Poroto (Polooto), Songwe (Soongwe).
SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 36 consonant phonemes; 14 vowel phonemes; tonal.
Vigorous. Home. All ages. Also use Swahili [swh].
Latin script [Latn].
Traditional religion, Christian.