Luba-Katanga (Kiluba)

Luba-Katanga is a Bantu language spoken by about 1.5 million people in Katanga Province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly in Kabongo, Kamina, Luena, Lubudi, Malemba Nkulu, Mulongo, Kabalo and Kaniama. It is mainly spoken by the Baluba people, and is also spoken and/or understood by other people who live in the same area.

Luba-Katanga is also known as Luba-Shaba or Luba. Native speakers call it Kiluba. Dialects include Hemba, Kanyok, Lwalu and Songe. It is closely related to Tshiluba.

Along with Swahili, Lingala and Kikongo, Luba-Katanga is one of the national languages of the DRC. It was first written in the mid-20th century using the Latin alphabet.

Luba-Katanga alphabet

Luba-Katanga alphabet

Notes

Download an alphabet chart for Luba-Katanga (Excel)
Details of the Luba-Katanga alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Pādi palembwe amba mwingidi wa “Tattannu, muledi wa Bukila bwa Munonga” —ko kunena’mba i enka Tatenai utelelwe ne mu mukanda wa mu Bible wa Ezela.

Translation

It identifies a witness to the transaction as a servant of "Tattannu, governor of Across-the-River" - the same Tattenai who appears in the Bible book of Ezra.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luba-Katanga_language#Sample_text

Sample videos in Luba-Katanga

Information about Luba-Katanga | Numbers

Links

Information about Luba-Katanga
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luba-Katanga_language
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiluba
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luba-katanga
http://www.101lasttribes.com/tribes/luba.html

Bantu languages

Bangi, Basaa, Bemba, Bena, Benga, Bhaca, Bukusu, Bulu, Central Teke, Chichewa, Chokwe, Chuwabu, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Koti, Kukuya, Kunda, Kuria, Lambya, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luba-Katanga, Luchazi, Lunda, Luvale, Makaa, Makonde, Makhuwa, Mandekan, Maore, Masaaba, Mbunda, Mende, Mongo, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nande, Nkore, North Teke, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyamwezi, Nyakyusa, Nyemba, Nyole, Nyungwe, Nzadi, Oroko, OshiWambo, Pagibete, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Sengele, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tanga, Tembo, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Yasa, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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