29,000 in Guinea (1999 G. Gumbs). Population total all countries: 29,500.
Boké region: central Gaoual prefecture, south of Nunez river, between Sangea and Boke towns, south and west of Gaoual town, upper reaches, Tamine river; more than 60 villages.
Arabic script [Arab].
Reportedly came from Mali in 18th century and trace their origins to Soninke [snk], but now speak a separate language. Muslim.