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I think that they were likely initially of Ethiopian descent. Mainly because most "origin" myths have some sort of truth and/or reason for their existence. It's my opinion that the Ethiopian group in Yemen gradually absorbed Bantu descended individuals over time; like in most situations people who look similar to one another usually start associating with one another, and sometimes even merge into one ethnicity or social group over time. As is the case of foreign "black" Africans in Egypt and the rest of North Africa, in where Nigerians, Chadians, Sudanese, Eritrean-Ethiopians, and Somalis etc usually associate and sick to one another during their time in Egypt and some cases in Europe (in which North Africans are sometimes included). Over time, this group could possibly become one ethnic-social group in North Africa... possibly joining other more older "Sudanic" populations in North Africa. I've met a lot of cross-cultural/national/ethnic couples with "roots" in North Africa, for example a mixed Senegalese/Somali family from Tunisia.