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Adrean
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 Message 1 of 86
01 July 2010 at 10:15pm | IP Logged 
I just remembered an old song that has a tinsy bit of a linguist element to it. It's quite a funny song. Do you know any songs that use a number of languages in the one song?

Paul Kelly - Every f*@cking city
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01 July 2010 at 11:12pm | IP Logged 
日華 - 大丈夫 (Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, English)
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 Message 3 of 86
01 July 2010 at 11:22pm | IP Logged 
I don't know, I like music that's in various languages, or particularly if it's a
combination of elements from several ethnic music styles. "Desert Rose" is a good
example of that, the way the Arabic interacts with the English at some points.

Sting & Cheb Mami - Desert Rose
(English & Arabic)

Sting & Pix Lax & I Muvrini - Terre
d'oru
(English & Greek & Corsican)

Sting & Dalaras - Trelos yia sena
(English & Greek)

Wir sind Helden - The Geek Shall
Inherit the Earth
(German & English; actually very little in English but arguably
the most important part of the song)

Spliff - Carbonara (German &
Italian)

Rammstein - Moskau (German &
Russian)

Florent Vollant - Miam Maikan (Loup
Blanc
(French & Montagnais) - Montagnais is a native American language spoken in
Quebec. Florent Vollant was one part of Kashtin, a band that used to sing songs
entirely in Montagnais and without translation. I much prefer those rather than this
mixed song.

Khaled - Aicha (French & Arabic)

Les Colocs - Tassez vous de d'la
(French & Wolof, English subtitles)

Alan Stivell & Youssou N'Dour
(Breton & Wolof; has to be the most exotic combination ever tried)

Also, Andrea Boccelli sang "Vivo per lei" as a duet with various international singers,
always Italian + another language.

There are also many Chinese songs, particularly Chinese translations of Western songs,
that still involve a lot of English. I like Faye Wong's interpretation of "Superwoman",
it's called 多得他 (unfortunately
in Cantonese) and more passionate than the original.

Finally, the Lion King's "Circle of Life" song wasn't originally multilingual but a lot
of people have edited it to be so; and I've also seen two live renditions of the
multilingual song at Esperanto events.

Edited by Sprachprofi on 01 July 2010 at 11:40pm

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 Message 4 of 86
01 July 2010 at 11:34pm | IP Logged 
Well, I was recently introduced to a hiphop project called Diversidad that used a series of languages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmMUnkur3J0

English, Bosnian, Croatian, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish. (There was a guy from Italy, but I really didn't get it - maybe it was some sort of dialect?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6IcjrKEX2g&feature=related

English, German, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
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01 July 2010 at 11:59pm | IP Logged 
There is an old Girl Scout song called "The More We Get together" which has verses in English, Danish, French, Swedish and some others.

I used to know a song in Danish that starts Hallo, Hallo, James - it's about the master calling home to see how things are (and things are NOT good!) - each servant speaks a different language and tells a little more of the story.
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 Message 6 of 86
02 July 2010 at 1:29am | IP Logged 
Oh yes, this is the sort of thing that I am very much interested in. When I write songs on my guitar, I often do something bilingual, to add interest to my songs. Plus I was inspired by a musician named Nevio.

Nevio sings in German, English and Italian. Many of his songs cross languages several times. A quick search on Youtube should yield many results for him.
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02 July 2010 at 1:44am | IP Logged 
Nice thread! A few more.

Khaled Feat. Melissa - Benti
(French and Arabic)

Arash (Persian and English)

Jewish-Arab Peace Song (Hebrew and
Arabic)

Edited by Saif on 02 July 2010 at 2:08am

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 Message 8 of 86
02 July 2010 at 1:51am | IP Logged 
Danac wrote:
Well, I was recently introduced to a hiphop project called Diversidad that used a series of languages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmMUnkur3J0

Nice link, Danac! I've been listening to a lot of German and Russian or Turkish mixes recently, and am a long-time fan of French hip-hop, but this is even better. Lots of familiar faces too... :)

Edited by Teango on 02 July 2010 at 1:57am



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