Songe

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Alternate Names
Kalebwe, Kisonge, Kisongi, Kisongye, Luba-Songi, Lusonge, Northeast Luba, Songye, Yembe
Population

1,000,000 (Hoffman 1991). 150,000 in Western Kalebwe (1982 UBS).

Location

Kasai-Oriental province: between Sankuru and Lualaba rivers, mainly Kabinda territory; Katanga province: Kongolo and Kabolo territories; Maniema and Kasai-Occidental provinces.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Eastern Kalebwe (Ikalebwe, Kilombeno Kibya), Mbagani, Western Kalebwe (Esambi Kipya, Songe).

Language Development
Dictionary. Bible: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic subgroups are Bena Tshofwe, Bekalebwe, Beneki, Belande, Babembe, Balaa, Bambo, Befundu.