Shembeteng is the new advanced sheng language in Kenya discovered in 2022 by the new generation sheng masters namely; Jeshi Jinga, Madocho, Master in Kayole (@master_in_kayole), Kenyan Dictionary and other stakeholders in the industry. The new latest shembeteng (sheng) is very interesting and shows how youths can be creative when given an opportunity to showcase their talents.
Evolution: Sheng has evolved, everyday we have new sheng words in the streets spreading. It’s unresistable. In this article we analyse the new shembeteng words, their meanings, origin and discovery.
According to a viral Instagram post by Kenyan Dictionary, they define Shembeteng as “Shembeteng means sheng words that sound like they are encrypted. The words are added extra words to make them longer. Which make the language as a form of art.”
Now from the above definition, we can say Shembeteng is an addition of words such as; Mbata, Mbete, Mbiti, Mboto, Mbutu to other existing sheng words to create other new words. These new sheng words are now called Shembeteng.
The word shembeteng is derived from inserting the word ‘Mbete‘ to the word Sheng. For example; Instead of saying sheng, in the new language you add ‘Mbete‘ to make it Shembeteng.
Also Instead of saying nakulove, in the new language you add ‘Mboto‘ to make it Nakulombotov or Nakulombotove.
How ‘Shembeteng’ was discovered
Shembeteng was first discovered in 2020 by Jeshi Jinga in Kayole and Umoja. The language was popularised in 2022 by Jeshi Jinga, Master in Kayole (@master_in_kayole), Madocho and other sheng lovers who continuously work together to improve the new shembeteng language.
Why ‘Shembeteng’ is used
Shembeteng is used to decode a certain message which has a hidden meaning. After the discovery of the language, everyone is now into sheng. Nairobi youths got creative and introduced Shembeteng language which is now widely used in Kayole and other Nairobi estates.
When ‘Shembeteng’ is used
Shembeteng language is used when you want to communicate with your peers or pass a message. Though many people are still learning the new language. To others it still remains the hardest language to understand and decode. Shembeteng mostly targets the youths who are now using the new language to communicate.
Examples of ‘Shembeteng’ Dictionary words and their meanings in English
- Kayombotole – Kayombotole means ‘Kayole‘ in Shembeteng language
- Mbatoyoyo – Mbatoyoyo means ‘f*ck you‘ in English
- Madombotocho – Madombotocho is another name for Madocho in Shembeteng language
- Mkasembete – Mkasembete of Mkasee means a person who speaks in Kamba language
- Mrombotoko – Mromboto means a mother.
- Mkisimbiti – Mkisimbiti means a person who speaks in Kisii language.
- Gembetenge – Gembetenge means ngeli ya genge
- Nakulombotove – Nakulombotove means I love you in English
- Nakulombotov – Nakulombotov means I love you in English
- Rumbutungu – Rumbutungu means money
- Kuntaka – Kuntaka means a fool in shembeteng
- Lembeteo – Lembeteo means today in shembeteng
- Shombotow – Shombotow means a show in Shembeteng language
- Lumbutuku – Lumbutuku means good looks or luku in Swahili
- Kizumbutungu – Kizumbutungu means English in Shembeteng language
- Yambatako – Yambatako means Yours in Shembeteng language
- Zombotote – Zombotote means All of it in Shembeteng language
- Nakuhambatate – Nakuhambatate means I hate you in Shembeteng language.
- Yombotobra – Yombotobra is another name for Brayo in Shembeteng language
- Kiambatasi – Kiambatasi means A little in Shembeteng language
- Kimbitill – Kimbitill means to kill, for example to kill a show in shembeteng language
- Mwambatasta – Mwambatasta means a rasta man in shembeteng language
- Ng’ombotora – Ng’ombotora means to joke, it is derived from the sheng word ‘ng’ora‘ which means joking.
- Kumbutuja – Kumbutuja means to come in shembeteng language.
- Wambatald – Wambatald pronounced as wamba-tald means world in English.
- Madembeten – Madembeten means girls in Shembeteng language
- Ukwembeteri – Ukwembeteri means the truth in Shembeteng language
- Wambatangu – Wambatangu means Mine in Shembeteng language
- Jimbitinga – Jimbitinga means “a fool” in Shembeteng language
- Jembeteshi Jinga – Jembeteshi Jinga means Jeshi Jinga in Shembeteng language
- Fomboto – Fomboto means follow in Shembeteng language
- Mazembete – Mazembete means girls in Shembeteng language
- Mzimbiting – Mzimbiting is another word for a father or dad or someone who is considered great in Shembeteng language or Mzae in sheng.
- Gembeteto – Gembeteto means ghetto in shembeteng language.
- Mshombotosh – Mshombotosh is a shembeteng word that means a grandmother
- Mrombotoko – Mtombotoko means a mother in shembeteng language.
- Jembeteshi – Jembeteshi means a group or a gang in shembeteng language.
- Hembetate – Hembetate means to hate in English
- Sambataru – Sambataru means Ssaru, It is a name given to Kenyan artist Ssaru by Master in Kayole
- Lumbutuga – Lumbutuga means a language
- Majumbutu – Majumbutu means abroad or majuu in sheng
- Mafambatans – Fambatans means fans
- Kumbutunywa – Kumbutunywa means ‘to drink‘ someone in shembeteng language. It is translated from the sheng word ‘Kuwakunywa‘ which means to make them jealous.
- Jamambataica – Jamambataica means Jamaica
- Ndumbututhi – Ndumbututhi means a motocycle
- Rotembetejo – Rotembetejo means your area it is derived from the sheng word rotejo which means a stage or the area you stay.
- Arimbif – Arimbitif means a friend
- Shimbitikwa – Shimbitikwa means to get arrested
- Fambatala – Fambatala means a fool
- Skimbitia – Skimbitia means to listen
Here is a shembeteng Tutorial by Kenyan Dictionary
|All of It||Zote||Zombotote|
|I love you||Nakulove||Nakulombotove|
|I hate you||Nakuhate||Nakuhambatate|
In this tutorial, it shows you can use Shembeteng vowels to create new sheng words. It’s very easy to learn. You just take a word and add the shembeteng vowels.
Shembeteng dictionary is a collection of new shembeteng words. The words are derived from adding shembeteng vowels which include; Mbata, Mbete, Mbiti, Mboto, Mbutu to existing words to come up with new words. Shembeteng involves creativity since it’s an advanced mordern language.
Guide: How to use Shembeteng language
In order to use and master Shembeteng language, you need to learn the new vowels used in the language. According to Kenyan Dictionary on Instagram, they provided a guide on how to use Shembeteng language.
- Learn Vowels
- Use the vowels appropriately
Madocho Sheng Dictionary
Check out the latest updated Madocho sheng dictionary…
Mbogi Genje Sheng Dictionary
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Here is a list of shembeteng vowels
Tip: If you master using the ‘Shembeteng’ vowels you can be able to decode the new Shembeteng language.
After the Shembeteng language was discovered, fans are now supporting the new language. Artists such as Nyakundi The Actor and Jeshi Jinga, have created a song to educate people on the new language. Check out Nakulombotove song below.
- Kenyan artist KRG the Don communicates in the new Shembeteng language check out the video below
- Shembeteng Master Schools Amina at The Trend NTV
- Kenyan actor Kabugi creates his own shembeteng comedy
The new shembeteng language is very interesting and funny at the same time. It is the new language in the streets of Nairobi. Most people find it easy to learn while others have reacted to it differently. It’s just a matter of time to know if it is here to stay or not.
At Kelxfy we appreciate the efforts of creative youths in for the discovery of the new language. Especially Master in Kayole (@master_in_kayole), Madocho, Jeshi Jinga, Kenyan Dictionary and other stakeholders who take their time to educate people on the new Shembeteng language and how to use it in a conversation.
FAQs and Knowlege Base
Shembeteng Frequently asked Questions and Knowledge base