Luba-Katanga language

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Native toDemocratic Republic of the Congo
RegionKatanga Province
Native speakers
(1,505,000 cited 1991)[1]
Official status
Official language in
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
Language codes
ISO 639-1lu
ISO 639-2lub
ISO 639-3lub

Luba-Katanga, also known as Luba-Shaba and Kiluba (Luba-Katanga: Kiluba), is one of the two major Bantu languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo called "Luba". (See Luba-Kasai.) It is spoken mostly in the south-east area of the country by the Luba people.[3]

Kiluba is spoken in the area around Kabongo, Kamina, Luena, Lubudi, Malemba Nkulu, Mulongo, and Kaniama, mostly in Katanga. Some 500 years ago or more, the Luba Kasai left Katanga and settled in the Kasai; since then, Luba Kasai (Chiluba) has evolved until it is no longer mutually intelligible with Luba Katanga.


  1. ^ Luba-Katanga at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Batibo, Herman (January 2005). Language Decline and Death in Africa. Multilingual Matters. p. 74. ISBN 1-85359-808-9.
  • Samuel Phillips Verner (1899). Mukanda wa Chiluba. Spottiswoode. Retrieved 26 August 2012.

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