typography of the Lingala language

Lingala

Beautiful Languages Of Africa

LETTERING // ILLUSTRATION // TYPOGRAPHY

This week, a Lingala song comes to the top of my inspirational playlist. It’s been on repeat for hours. 

What stirs up my emotions are the ethnic nature of sounds and the smoky flavoured voices of the singers. Everything is bound together by a simple rhythm emanating from pure African instruments.

I understand the lyrics from the English version. However, I can’t differentiate a word from another in the Lingala rendition!

Lingala – a language spoken by about twenty million people in Congo and other countries on the continent – is elegant. I’m reminded of all other beautiful languages in Africa. They include Zulu, Siswati, Yoruba, Oromo, Berber, Ewe, Shona, Swahili and Hausa.

The letterings are the visual representations of the inner feelings these languages invoke in me.

Berber language typography

Berber

Swahili lettering

Swahili

Ewe language lettering

Ewe

Oromo language lettering

Oromo

Zulu type

Zulu

Yoruba lettering

Yoruba

Hausa lettering

Hausa

Shona type

Shona

Siswati language lettering

Siswati