Published July 22, 2019
This video was recorded by Hangi Bulebe in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nyindu is spoken primarily in South Kivu Province of the eastern DRC. According to a 1991 census, it is the mother tongue or primary language of as many as 660,000 people. A Bantu language, Nyindu shares genealogy with hundreds of languages across Africa, including Swahili, Kinyarwanda, and Zulu. More specifically, it is often classified by linguists as a variety of the Shi macrolanguage, while Nyindu speakers often consider their language as more closely related to Lega, a Bantu language also spoken in DRC's east.