Dedi daye lo talatala,  Deko lembo lami loleki dimena,  Koko sala esadi ayodimo,  Ele dimi nkolangaka kami ka nkomelo!
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Tetela poem, translated by Vasthi

A small love poem in otetela (kitetela, sungu, tetela, kikitatela), the Bantu language of the Tetela people, spoken in the sankuru region, around the basin of the Congo River.

The Tetelas (Batetelas) about 2 million live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the various tetela dialects are in general inter-comprehensible. The Batetelas are farmers (cassava) who live in villages lying along a track; Several villages form a community. Villages and hamlets correspond respectively to clans and lineages, which are patrilocal and patrilineal. At the local level, authority is vested in a chief surrounded by a council of deans of lineage, capped at the higher level by chiefdoms with important ritual functions. For the arts, the masks, their iron work, and their musicians are recognized.
African poems