|Places of articulation|
Labial-velar consonants are doubly articulated at the velum and the lips, such as [k?p]. They are sometimes called "labiovelar consonants", a term that can also refer to labialized velars, such as the stop consonant [k?] and the approximant [w].
Truly doubly articulated labial-velars include the stops [k?p, b] and the nasal [m]. To pronounce them, one must attempt to say the velar consonants but then close their lips for the bilabial component, and then release the lips. While 90% of the occlusion overlaps, the onset of the velar occurs slightly before that of the labial, and the release of the labial occurs slightly after that of the velar so the preceding vowel sounds as if it were followed by a velar, and the following vowel sounds as if it were preceded by a labial. The order of the letters in ⟨k?p⟩ and ⟨b⟩ is therefore not arbitrary but motivated by the phonetic details of the sounds.
Phonemic labial-velars occur in the majority of languages in West and Central Africa (for example in the name of Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Ivory Coast; they are found in many Niger-Congo languages as well as in the Ubangian, Chadic and Central Sudanic families), and are relatively common in the eastern end of New Guinea. In Southeast Asia, they occur in the Adu dialect of Nuosu (Yi), which aside from its isolated location, is unusual in having a relatively large inventory of labial-velar consonants, including the rare aspirated version: /k?p?, k?p, b, b, m/.
|k?p||voiceless labial-velar stop||Logba||ò-kpày||[ò-k?pàj]||'God'|
|b||voiced labial-velar stop||Ewe||Ewegbe||[be]||'the Ewe language'|
|Single consonant||Two-consonant sequence|
|pom||to pound||kba||to dig|
|abu||a dog||b?a||to beat, to kill|
|aku||a room||ak?pki||a stomach|
|?om||to break||b?a||to grind|
|k?pu||to die||kpu||to kneel|
|bu||to arrive||?ba||to divide|
Some languages, especially in Papua New Guinea and in Vanuatu, combine the labial-velar consonants with a labial-velar approximant release: [k?p?], [m?]. The extinct language Volow had a prenasalised labial-velar stop with labialization [b?].
|k?p?||voiceless labial-velar stop with labialization||Dorig||rqa||[rk?p?a]||'woman'|
|m?||labial-velar nasal with labialization||Mwesen||?m?||[m?]||'house'|
|b?||prenasalized voiced labial-velar stop with labialization||Volow||n-leq?ev?n||[nlb?n]||'woman'|
Labial-velar stops also occur as ejective [k?p'] and implosive  (often written ⟨⟩); Floyd (1981) reports a voiceless implosive  from Igbo. There may be voiced labio-velar approximants in languages like English. Bilabial clicks are sometimes considered to be labial-velar consonants as well, but the velar articulation is part of the airstream mechanism.