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 Message 73 of 86
10 July 2014 at 6:20pm | IP Logged 
The Call of the Mountains

Eluveitie, a Swiss folk metal band, have released a multilingual mix of a track off their
upcoming album. (Don't worry, it's actually almost a pop song, quite catchy). The song
has an English-language version on the standard album I think, but will also be released
in Swiss-German (!), French, (!) , Italian (!) and Romansch (!!!!!!!!!!).

(The band have recorded songs in Old Gaulish before).

I particularly like that the entire song will have a Romansch version. That is such a
rare language.
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 Message 74 of 86
10 July 2014 at 7:45pm | IP Logged 
Don't forget Richard Simcott (forum member torbyrne) singing "Let it Go" in 25 languages:
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Complices, a popular Spanish duo released this song in 1991 entitled "Verdad que seria estupendo"

The song's meaning is quite interesting. It contrasts war and peace.

Edited by Lanterninabox on 15 August 2014 at 2:19pm

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Endless love, one of my favorite song, is in Chinese-Korean. It's the theme song of The Myth movie. Even
though I've never seen the movie, I love this song.
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25 February 2015 at 9:18am | IP Logged 
The German version of the classic French/English song 'For Me Formidable' is excellent.

Edited by AlexTG on 25 February 2015 at 9:35am

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 Message 78 of 86
09 May 2015 at 7:55am | IP Logged 
Spanish and probably Arabic:
Ana Tijoux - Somos Sur (Feat. Shadia

Maltese and Spanish:
TroffaHamra y los
Mechones - Donde estás tú

Edited by abr on 09 May 2015 at 8:06am

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09 May 2015 at 9:37pm | IP Logged 
"Let it go" Multilingual: 01TMPEa9qsNikkQrSB_9Iog&index=2

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 Message 80 of 86
20 May 2015 at 5:56pm | IP Logged 
The Let It Go multilingual covers reminded me of this performance of Do You Hear The People Sing from the 25th anniversary of the musical Les Misérables: 17 Valjeans singing in 12 languages.

Now here's a few more songs I've discovered since the last time I posted here:

Zumerchas - La Familia: Turkmen, French, Russian. Not sure if pronouncing "psycho-" as "pyscho-" is legit French slang or the singer's idiosyncratic mispronunciation.

Cajsa Stina Åkerström & Finn Kalvik - Tröstevise/Trøstevise: Swedish, Norwegian. It's kinda fun to listen to them singing the chorus in unison and picking out the bits where Swedish and Norwegian don't quite match up.

Rimi Natsukawa - 時の流れに身をまかせ/我只在乎你: Japanese, Mandarin. The song was originally released by the Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng in Japanese and later translated into Mandarin. Unfortunately, I haven't found a video of her singing it in both languages, but there is a cover of it by the Okinawan singer Rimi Natsukawa.

Rimi Natsukawa - エイサーの夜: Japanese, Okinawan. The latter is often viewed as a particularly impenetrable dialect inside Japan, but most linguists recognize it as a separate language.

Oki Dub Ainu Band - Osoro Omap: Ainu, Japanese, English. It's more of an instrumental than a vocal piece, and the version here is a bit longer than the one on the album, but there are bits in all three of the languages.

moumoon - BF: English, Japanese; while there are plenty of J-pop songs with lyrics predominately in English, this one's notable for how good the singer's pronunciation is. Although it does feel like the lyrics weren't written by a native English speaker.

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas - Let Me Hear: English, Japanese; notable for the exact opposite reason as the above song. Seriously, I had heard it like ten times before I realized that about 90% of it is in English.

Anastasia Prikhodko - Мамо: Russian, Ukrainian. To think that just six years ago a Ukrainian singer represented Russia in the Eurovision with a song whose chorus is in Ukrainian...

Edited by vonPeterhof on 20 May 2015 at 11:28pm

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