350,000 (2000 census).
Bengkulu province: Arga Makmur, Curup, Kapahiang, and Muara Aman town areas in southwest highlands; Sumatera Selatan province: Musi Rawas Ulu, west.
Lebong, Kepahiang (Kebanagung), Pasisir, Musi (Curup), Rawas. Lebong recognized as central dialect.
Vigorous. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind], but with low bilingualism.
Kaganga script [Rjng].
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.