TYPE DESIGN // IDENTITY // PRINT
Harmonizing Inspiration: A Musical Journey
This week, a captivating Lingala song has taken centre stage in my inspirational playlist, resonating with my soul on endless repeat.
What captivates my emotions are the ethereal sounds and the smoky, soulful voices of the singers. Everything intertwines with a simple, rhythmic cadence, emanating from the authentic African instruments.
While I comprehend the lyrics in the English version, the Lingala rendition leaves me spellbound, as I find myself unable to discern one word from another.
Lingala, a language spoken by approximately twenty million people in the Congo and various other African nations, exudes elegance. It serves as a poignant reminder of the wealth of beautiful languages across the African continent, such as Zulu, Siswati, Yoruba, Oromo, Berber, Ewe, Shona, Swahili, and Hausa.
In this tapestry of linguistic diversity, my type designs emerge as visual representations of the profound emotions these languages evoke within me.