120,000 (1994 census).
Maniema Province, Kasongo territory, Mulu and Maringa collectivités.
Binja (Soe, Sole), Kwange, Mamba (Kyenyemamba), Semalinga, Semulu (Kisembombo, Nyembombo, Semolo). Kwange and Mamba dialects may be separate languages. Lexical similarity: 55% with Bembe [bmb]; 50% with Lega-Mwenga [lgm], Lega-Shabunda [lea], Buyu [byi], Mituku [zmq], and Enya [gey]; 40% with Nyanga [nyj]; 34% with Bangubangu [bnx]; 32% with Komo [kmw].
Most speak Binja dialect. Semulu dialect is spoken in the northeast, Semalinga in the west. Many also use Congo Swahili [swc].
Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.