Bousssou ba yé gna liwwouende  Koua mé manda mama boué  Samawouassa kini sa iface  Yi ili kia mbisi mé na toono yé
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Lali poem, translated by Erline Sognia giully colombe

Poetry translated into Lali (Bali, Eastern Teke, Ibali, Kiteke, Teke-Ibali), a Téké group language, spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Republic of Congo. An African poem, for the love of a Tio girl. This Bantu language is one of the 12 known teke languages.

The Batékés (Tékés) are famous for their traditional wooden masks painted in dark colors. They are farmers for the most part, men hunt and fish, while women perform most of the agricultural tasks. Matrilineal and patrilocal, they are grouped in villages that stretch along a track, autonomous politically they are subject to the authority of a council of elders. It consists of the elders of each lineage.
African poems