Shambala language

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This article is about the African language. For other uses, see Shambala (disambiguation).
Native to Tanzania
Ethnicity Shambaa people
Native speakers
660,000 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ksb
Glottolog sham1280[2]

Shambala or Shambaa is a Bantu language of Tanzania.


Shambala, also Kishambala, (ki)Sambaa, (ki)Shambaa is spoken by the Shambaa in the Usambara mountains in the Lushoto District and Muheza District, Tanga Region, of northern Tanzania. Some dialectal variation exists between the language as spoken in the area around Lushoto and the areas around Mlalo and Mtae, possibly also between the Shambaa of the Western Usambara Mountains and the Eastern Usambara Mountains.


  1. ^ Shambala at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Shambala". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

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