|Regions with significant populations|
|"Democratic Republic of the Congo||160,000|
The Kele people (or Lokele) are a Bantu ethnic group of about 160,000 people, in the "Democratic Republic of the Congo. They mainly live on the south bank of the Congo River between "Kisangani and "Isangi. The "New Testament was first published in their "Kele language in 1918.
The Kele were known for their drum language, described by the English missionary "John F. Carrington, who spent his life in Africa. His findings were published in his 1949 book The Talking Drums of Africa. The Kele people used drum language for rapid communication between villages. Each village had an expert drummer, and all villagers could understand the drum language. Carrington studied the drum language at a time when it was already falling out of use, and today it is extinct.