CIT offers Kaonde interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Kaonde language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Kaonde language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Kaonde language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Kaonde language, as well as of the culture and history of the Kaonde people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

Kaonde Language

The Kaonde language is a Bantu language spoken primarily in Zambia, although it is also spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kaonde is one of the seven official local languages of Zambia. As of 2010, there were 240,000 people who spoke Kaonde. In Kambia, the language is spoken in northwest and central regions. Those who speak Kaonde in the Congo are known as Luba. The other language spoken in Chikaonde. Kaonde is also known as Kahonde or Bakahonde.

Historically speaking, there are three different cultural groups known as the Kaonde. They all have different histories, however. it is believed that the three groups came from the Luba people, thus forming the Democratic Republic of Congo. When they settled in what is now the Congo around the 1500s and 1600s, the Kaonde people had recognized the greatness of the chief of the Lunda empire as their overlord. In the 1700s, many Kaonde chief positions came about. Around the 1800s, many Kaonde chiefs became more prominent. During this time, there were several battles with the Lozi.

The Kaonde people observe matrilineal descent. They also have a tradition to live with or near the family of the husband, typically in large villages. The main crop that is grow by the Kaonde people is corn, cassava, millet, sorghum, yams, squash and beans. The Kaonde people have traditionally burned fallen trees and then planted their crops. The Kaonde people also gather several wild fruits. Additionally, men hunt small game such as rats, bushbuck and duiker, typically in June and July when it is available.

Like several other Central Bantu speakers, the Kaonde people have an interesting culture. The Kaonde celebrate the first harvest with a traditional ceremony called Juba ja Nsomo. During this ceremony, held on July 6th, the chief is given the first harvest and blesses it.