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A creole based on Bantu, widely spoken as a lingua franca in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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(Languages) a Bantu language which is spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, and Angola
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(lɪŋˈgɑ lə)

a Bantu language used as a lingua franca in the N Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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He loved Lingala and so when it was played, he would be on the dance floor.
In the local language of Lingala, Fulu Muziki literally translates to 'music from the garbage'.
Rice Matadien stands to reap from the growing renewed interest in rhumba music in Lingala in Kenya in recent years.
"Romelu learned in his youth, just like me, Lingala. We joked in Lingala and sometimes used it on the field because opponents did not understand it.
The title track Eternal Moto means internal fire and is sang in Lingala, a language from the DRC where the music genre originates.
aACAyKedari Food CourtaACAO which is owned by Lingala Kedari, has introduced a aACAycarrot and stickaACAO policy to keep a check on wastage of food.
Summary: Narsan Lingala, 55, was charged with one count of murder-for-hire
He also helps train fellow Literacy Council tutors, leading sessions in which he only speaks Lingala, an African dialect he learned while teaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 25 years.
RUMBA LINGALA IS A POPULAR type of African music, originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"Taking over the roof for the evening is a new, up-andcoming collective called Lingala Sound.
Speaking Lingala was the most difficult thing by far.