14 November 2004

Barotseland

What and where exactly is Barotseland? And what's its relation to Sesotho and Basotho?

4 comments:

Lawrence said...

Barotseland is the name given to the Lozi Kingdom of the Upper Zambezi Valley. The connection with Sesotho is the language spoken by the Lozi peoples - Silozi which is mostly derived from the sesotho spoken by invaders from Basutoland under their chief Sibituane, who arrived north of the Zambezi in the late 1820s. They became known as the Makololo. See http://www.barotseland.com

Steve Hayes said...

I was trying to find out more about Barotseland when I came across your post -- I wonder if you've found out any more since?

Do people still speak Sesotho there?

Rethabile said...

As far as I know, yes, they still do. I have a Lozi friend in Zambia whom I can't imagine not speaking Lozi/Sotho. Cheers

Anonymous said...

I live in Katima Mulilo Namibia a town 3kilometers from Barotseland. Silozi is one of the official languages here and i can say it is defenetly the same with sesotho. hearing it being spoken on tv by S.Africans from their programs is good as they still use those original words and not borowed from other langauges.