If you’re willing to get some books or audio support, here what you  can get. Since DRCongo is a french speaking country, a lot of documents are in French but you can find some in English as well…

*The prices indicated are just there to give you an idea and don’t include shipping fees. You will have to check the actual price with the seller.


Grammaire De La Langue Luba (1903) (French Edition)
Author: Auguste De Clercq
Paperback: 510 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (April 18, 2010)
Language: French
ISBN-10: 1161189904
ISBN-13: 978-1161189902
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 inches
Price: CDN$31.12*
Grammar and Dictionary of the Buluba-Lulua Language as Spoken in the Upper Kasai and Congo Basin
Author: William McCutchan Morrison
Paperback: 440 pages
Éditeur: Nabu Press (février 2010)
ISBN-10: 114498801
ISBN-13: 978-1144988010
Product Dimensions: 24,6 x 18,9 x 2,2 cm
Poids d’expédition : 780 g
Price: CDN$ 23.17*
Sémantique et Morphologie du Verbe en Ciluba
Author: Pius Ngandu Nkashama
Paperback: 322 pages
Éditeur: Harmattan
Langue: French
ISBN-10: 273848509X
ISBN-13: 978-2738485090
Product Dimensions: 20,8 x 13,6 x 2,6 cm
Poids d’expédition : 458 g
Price: CDN$ 35.98*


Tshiluba Lessons
Author: Florence Sthreshley
Paperback: 193 pages
Publisher: Editions Lulu.com
Date: 29 juillet 2009
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1447870203
Product Dimensions: 15,6 (largeur) x 23,39 (hauteur) cm

I’m not really fond of English phonetics to learn a language. I think it can cause lots of confusion especially if you’re not anglophone. I’d rather go with international phonetics which is a lot more logical to me and can adapt to all languages but that is a personal choice.

Price: CDN$14.80*
Author: Mathieu Kayoka Mudingay
Paperback: 737 pages
Publisher: Editions Lulu.com
Date: 1 juin 2013
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1447870203
Product Dimensions: 15,24 (largeur) x 22,86 (hauteur) cm

Very good. The only thing missing are the accents. It would have been perfect then. Also on Amazon now.

Price: CDN$49.33*
Mpèlelu wa Tshiaba Vital
Author: Kapangà Kapèlè
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Editions Lulu.com
Date: October 23, 2011
Language: Cilubà
ISBN-13: 978-1447870203
Product Dimensions: 15,6 (largeur) x 23,39 (hauteur) cm
Price: CDN$16.07*

It would be great to have more publications available either in paper or digital formats. Compared to other languages, sources are really scarce…

Albert Nyembwe has produced one of the rare audio lesson volume available outside of Congo. Knowing that Ciluba is a tone language, this is priceless!!! It consists of a 24 page booklet with a double CD. There are 25 lessons including vocabulary and sample sentences. There are the Français-Ciluba and English-Ciluba versions. I got it in 2010 for 25$ and it’s nicely done, actually.
To get your hands on it, contact Albert Nyembwe at sifumungu@msn.com

Also you have online content such as ERIC’s Livre du formateur, L’Esprit du Ciluba by Mukendi Kalala

Pius Ngandu Nkashama

  • Bidi ntwilu, bidi mpelelu, Lubumbashi, éditions Impala, 1997
  • Tuntuntu, ntuntu, Éditions Giraf – Baton Difunda, Paris, 2002
  • Mulongeshi Wanyi ntuntu, Éditions Giraf , Paris, 2003

Clémentine Faïk-Nzuji
Kasala et autres poèmes, Kinshasa, Mandore, 1969

Nsapo Kalamba
Bu Nkaaya Bwa Mufuki Mu Afrika, Afrobook, 2007

Mpunga Wa Ilunga
Bya Kumanya Pa Nselanganyi Ku Baluba, Afrobook, 2008

Last update: February 17th, 2014

5 thoughts on “Cilubà | Ressources

  1. Hi
    Thank you for this site i’ve been hoping for so long. Have you heard of ntite Mukendi Kizito Aubert who wrote books about ciluba and the luba tradition ? If you wish i can send you more details.
    Best wishes
    Agnès Kanyeba Mukendi


  2. J’ai un projet. Je suis traducteur et desire travailler avec un linguiste qui a pu travailler sur le thiluba. Je veux qu’une equipe de ressortisants kasaiens se joignent a moi pour ce projet: linguistes, traducteurs, enseignants, auteurs…..J’habite les USA. Je m’etendrai davantage prochainement sur mon projet. Merci.


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