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[SOLVED] Tambola malembe sala keba - which language and how to translate?

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<a href="/en/translator/breezyday" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1394713">BreezyDay</a>
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I used Google translator but have doubts and desire confirmation.

The lines are
Tambola malembe
Sala keba

The context is that his love has left. He does not know where.
He says (in Spanish), 'Valerie, I keep looking for you. Where will you be? En Vitacura? Tambola malembe Sala keba.'

Google translator identifies the language as Nyanja and translates as "trace the letters", "please wait".

"Please wait" fits the context but I'm not so sure about "trace the letters".

The singer was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the guitar style is Congolese.

Can anyone verify the language and translation? If "trace the letters" is accurate, what does that mean? Maybe he has been sending her letters?

Help! Thank you!

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<a href="/en/translator/taeyang" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1378559">Taeyang</a>
Joined: 11.04.2018

Maybe Lingala?
Here is "tambola malembe" and it's a Lingala site https://lingalapourlesnuls.com/tambola-malembe/

Sala keba "be careful" https://genius.com/Papa-wemba-sala-keba-be-careful-lyrics
tambola "to walk" https://lingalainstitute.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/the-english-verb-to-wa...
Malembe "slow" https://www.quia.com/jg/149977list.html

It seems to be Lingala.
I don't speak Spanish, so I don't know the context.

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<a href="/en/translator/breezyday" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1394713">BreezyDay</a>
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He says, 'What happened to my flower? She's gone. What sadness. I don't know where you're hiding. Where is she?'

"Are you in Vitacura? Tambola malembe Sala keba". I didn't notice that before. The only Vitacura I find is in Chile.

The singer was born in Republic of Congo but moved to Los Angeles in '72. He loves fusing African sounds with Latin American music.

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<a href="/en/translator/breezyday" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1394713">BreezyDay</a>
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[@Taeyang] "Walk slowly, be careful" makes sense to me!

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To document, artist info:

I just found this on YouTube, subscriber named Radio Cultural Nuestras Raíces: "Él es verdaderamente multi-cultural y por igual en casa cantando en español, portugués, kimbundo, turco, lingala y kikongo." He speaks Lingala and Kikongo.

To document, language info:

Lingala, Ngala, is a Bantu language that belongs to the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the Republic of the Congo. There are also Lingala speakers in Angola

Kongo or Kikongo is one of the Bantu languages spoken by the Kongo and Ndundu people living in the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Angola.

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