Musi (Baso Palembang)

Musi is a Malayan language spoken in Palembang metropolitan area in South Sumatra province in Indonesia. The language is spoken mainly in the north of South Sumatra province between the Musi river and the Bukit Barisan moutains. It is also spoken in Lampung, Jambi and Bengkulu provinces. According to the 2000 census, there are about 3.1 million speakers of Musi, which is also known as Palembang Malay, Basa Pelembang Sari-sari or Sekayu. Musi is used as a lingua franca in South Sumatra.

Musi is closely related to Malay, and contains many words borrowed from Javanese, as well as some words from Chinese, English, Dutch, Arabic and Urdu.

Musi alphabet and pronunciation

Musi alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text in Musi

Galo-galo uwong metu ke dunio bebas, ngan kehormatan dan hak-hak yang samo pulo. Galo-galonyo la dienjuk akal utak jugo raso ati, kendaknyo tu gawe sesamo laennyo pecak wong seduluran.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample video in Musi


Information about Musi

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Biak, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Gayo, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Kei, Kerinci, Komering, Lamaholot, Lampung, Ledo Kaili, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mamasa, Mandar, Mandar, Mbula, Mentawai, Minangkabau, Mualang, Musi, Ngaju, Nias, Ogan, Palauan, Sasak, Selaru, Sumbawa, Sundanese, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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