L1 users: 1,280,000 (2009 census), increasing. Total users in all countries: 2,017,110.
Kayes region: Kayes, Yélimané, and Nioro circles; Koulikoro region: Nara, Kolokani, Banamba, and Koulikoro circles; Ségou region: Ségou and Baraouéli circles. 6 principal towns, 163 villages.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (1982, Decree No. 159 of 19 July, Article 1).
Kinbakka, Kinxenna, Geriga (Giriga). Giriga dialect heavily influenced by Hassaniya Arabic [mey].
Different from Marka [rkm]. Muslim.