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

Kasaï-Oriental Province, between Sankuru and Lualaba rivers, mainly Kabinda territory and east into Katanga Province, Kongolo and Kabolo territories.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

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

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1952–1978.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

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