RADIO PROGRAM

Where in the World is Lingala spoken?

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Lingala is Spoken in:

Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, some in Central Africa Republic and Angola, especially towns that boarder Congo.

Legend: 

Solid Green: Lingala as a 1st spoken language(est. 3 million people).

Striped Green: Lingala as 2rd or even 5th spoken language (est. 7 million people).

Where is Nsango Na Bomoi aired from?

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Nsango Na Bomoi is aired from Manzini, Swaziland.

Kingdom of Swaziland is a small country that boarders the Republic of South Africa and Republic of Mozambique. Trans World Radio (TWR) in Cary, North Carolina, USA, has a Short Wave transmitter in Manzini, Swaziland.

The History of "Nsango Na Bomoi".

Before we get started! The English translation of “Nsango Na Bomoi” is “News Of Life”.

Mark Grings was a missionary child who grow up in Zaire (Congo, DRC) from the age of two(2).  Mark went on and served as an adult missionary for about 39 years before having  to leave.   In 1972, Mobutu Sese Seko, in an effort to unify Christianity in his country.  Enforced that all churches and missionaries had to become part of the Les Églises du Christ au Zaire (United Church of Christ in Zaire) or ECZ.

Many churches were forced to close or join the ECZ. Missionaries had to join ECZ or leave as they were not granted visas. Mark along with many missionary chose to leave, not wanting to be part of the ECZ. With heavy hearts they returned to the United States. Not much later the Lord lead them to The Republic of South Africa, to start a church.

Mark got word through an old time missionary Ronald Wylie (missionary in Congo back in 1960), that Trans World Radio (TWR) was looking for someone to produce a program in Lingala to Congo.

In short, on 7 July 1976, the first program was broadcast across Zaire (Now Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC) in the Lingala language from Trans World Radio's transmitters in Swaziland. This was the result of months of hard work, recording songs, compiling programs and selecting and recording of suitable theme tunes with which to begin and end each day's program. It took some time before the first letters began to arrive from listeners in Zaire and also from the surrounding countries.

The first programs were recorded in the studios of Radio Pulpit in Pretoria. 1986 we were finally able to build our own studio at the home of Mark Grings. Those days we used big reel to reel tapes to record the programs on to. Things have change with the innovation of computers and mp3 file format. We now record in digital and burn our programs to Compact Discs (CD’s).