Kamele N’goni, Kamale N’Goni, Kamelen N’goni, Kamalen N’goni..?

Kamele N’goni, Kamale N’Goni, Kamelen N’goni, Kamalen N’goni..?

The moment i stepped into the world of the "Young mens harp", i discovered multiple spellings.

Uhmm wich spelling is the right one? Kamele n'goni, kamale n'goni, kamelen n'goni, kamalen n'goni..?

My preference went immediately to kamale n'goni, i don't know why. But kamele n'goni is very common too!

I asked a friend of mine, Onno van Tongeren. He knows a lot about these things:)

What is the right spelling? Kamele n'goni or kamale n'goni?

His answer was very clear. "African languages are originally spoken languages, with many local accents.

How are you going to write down these things..? And wich sound do you choose? And moreover, many sounds do not match ours.

The same with the djembé, djimbe, jembe, djembee, djenbe or the SouSou word Sangbanji."

We ourselves @Planet N'goni use the spelling kamale n'goni instead of kamele n'goni.

It's personal preference only and nothing else!

 

Thanks for reading this!

Annitché!

Michiel @planet n'goni

 

 

 

Michiel Moerkerk

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