Elili na yo na tala tala  Ezali nzembo na ngai eleki kitoko  Kasi sala noki, eko limwa  Mpo ezali
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Lingala poem, translated by & voice Alice Blanchard

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Her image in the water of the Congo River is this Lingala poem (Ngala). Lingala is a language of the bangi group spoken in both Congo. My Lingala love poem is nothing else than the image of your face. It can reflect more than 11 million people. The lingala vehicular language mixture of several Bantu languages, owes to Mobutu which was lingalaphone, its expansion! It serves as a language of relation to an entire region.

Formerly Zaire, the Democratic Republic of Congo is the 3rd African country by its surface. Its population is mainly distributed along the Congo River, the second largest river in Africa after the Nile. Its huge equatorial forest in the center, and its mineral wealth to the south, are two great assets of the country.
The poem is here in the mandombé script, a cuneiform script invented recently, it dates from the late 70s.

with latins letters

Elili na yo na tala tala

Ezali nzembo na ngai eleki kitoko

Kasi sala noki, eko limwa

Mpo ezali “nalingi yo” ya ngai ya suka

African poems