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Encyclopedia > Tsotsitaal

Tsotsitaal, or (isi)Camtho, is a patois mainly spoken in the townships of the Gauteng province in South Africa, such as Soweto. It is a pidgin of Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Afrikaans, English and some of the other languages spoken in the multilingual country. Although originally associated with crimimal subculture ("tsotsi" refers to an urban thug), its recognition has spread with the popularity of kwaito music. Patois, although without a formal definition in linguistics, can be used to describe a language considered as nonstandard. ... In South Africa, the term township usually refers to the (often underdeveloped) urban residential areas that, under Apartheid, were reserved for non-whites (Africans, Coloureds and Indians) who lived near or worked in areas that were designated white-only. Soweto (actually a group of townships) and Alexandra are two of... Capital Johannesburg Largest city Johannesburg Area  - Total Ranked 9th 17,010 km² Premier (List) Mbhazima Shilowa (ANC) Population   - 2001   - 1996   - Density (2001) Ranked 2nd 8,837,172 7,348,423 520/km² (Ranked 1st) Languages isiZulu (21. ... Johannesburg, including Soweto, from the International Space Station Soweto is an urban area in Johannesburg, in Gauteng province South Africa whose northern boundary begins about 15km south-west of central Johannesburg. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Zulu (isiZulu in Zulu), is a language of the Zulu people with about 9 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. ... Sesotho is a language spoken in southern Africa. ... Tswana, also known as Setswana, is a Bantu language. ... Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Kwaito is a South African music style that originated in Johannesburg in the mid 1990s. ...

External links

  • Kwaito, an isiCamtho song style
  • some isiCamtho poetry
  • Ethnologue report on (isi)Camtho, Iscamtho



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