Mbundu

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an ethnic group speaking Umbundu and living in western Angola

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The considerable Kimbundu influence on AN offsets the lesser contribution of Kwa languages and Kikongo.
Coincidencia, ou nao, Gilberto Freyre em "Casa Grande e Senzala", cita de modo implicito a presenca do negro banto, escrevendo palavras como, mazombo, dende, quiabo, da lingua Kimbundu, que fazem parte da Kulambella (cozinha sagrada dos Akisi, divindades bantas).
According to Ndonga (personal communication, January 2008), Professor of African Languages and Linguistics, Agustino Neto University, Luanda, Angola), these languages include kiKongo, kiMbundu, uMbundu, Cokwe, Ngangela, Luvale, oshiKwanyama, and otjiHerero, Fyote, Songo, Mbangala, Lunda, Ndembo, Nyaneka and Ngoya.
Zombie comes from zobi, the ultimate source of which is most likely Kimbundu nzumbe, "departed spirit." Zombi as an English loan from Haitian Creole was first noted in an 1884 book by Spencer St.
Calling the fruit 'Dendees', he recorded what remains its contemporary Afro-Brazilian name--'Dende', derived from the Kimbundu Bantu term 'ndende.' Speakers of Kimbundu and related Bantu languages from West Central Africa comprised the overwhelming majority of Africans sent to Bahia and elsewhere in Brazil during the seventeenth century.
Some of the songs are their take on traditional folk tunes; others are original creative expressions, not necessarily beholden to any one language (one song, "Dikulusu" is in three languages: Portuguese, Kikongo and Kimbundu).
It was also at this time that the small number of Portuguese-educated Africans made the break from tribalism (of which there are more than 20 with 3 major groups, the Bakongo, the Ovimbundu, and the Kimbundu) to national consciousness.
One thinks of the Palm-Wine Drunkard by Nigerian novelist Jose Luandino Vieira, whose works use interlingua resulting from the fusion of Portuguese, English, French, and Kimbundu. Another example is that of Creole languages: as opposed to the literary construction of interlanguages (even if some interlanguages are authentic Creole), Creole languages are the result of the process through which a Pidgin language--created with the goal of communicating with another group--evolves in its linguistic structures and becomes the mother language of a community (e.g., French Creole theater in Haiti, Sago in Africa, or South African literature in Afrikaans).