Luba-Katanga language

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Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Region Katanga Province
Native speakers
(1.5 million cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-1 lu
ISO 639-2 lub
ISO 639-3 lub
Glottolog luba1250[2]

Luba-Katanga, also known as Luba-Shaba and Kiluba, is one of the two major Bantu languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo called Luba, the other being Luba-Kasai. It is spoken mostly in the south-east area of the country by the Luba people.[4]

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


  1. ^ Luba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Luba-Katanga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Batibo, Herman. 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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