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02 February 2013 at 4:33pm | IP Logged 
I've been listening a lot to Joan Baez lately and one thing that I love about her, apart from her voice of course, is that she has sung and recorded songs in many different languages, including languages she doesn't speak! As far as I know, she speaks English and Spanish only.

So I thought it would be interesting to have a thread about singers who sing in 3 or more languages (I think 2 is quite common as many non-native English speakers sing in their native language + English, many Canadians sing in both English and French, many Italian singers record their albums in Spanish for Spain and Latin America, etc.).

So I'll start with Joan Baez (with links to Youtube videos):
English: Diamonds and rust (my favorite)
Spanish: No nos moverán
Italian: La canzone di Marinella
French: Pauvre Rutebeuf (originally by Léo Ferré)
German: Sag mir wo die Blumen sind (German version of Where have all the flowers gone)
Portuguese: Te Ador & Te Manha
Polish: Piosenka dla córki
Basque: Txoria Txori
I absolutely love this one. It sounds so beautiful, it makes me want to learn Basque!

Others I can think of who have sung and recorded in many languages are Nana Mouskouri, Dalida (who also both spoke quite a few) and Sarah Brightman. Who else?
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02 February 2013 at 6:43pm | IP Logged 
Laura Pausini (speaks Italian with a Romagnolo accent as her native language):


Shreya Ghoshal (native speaker of Bengali):


''Ghoshal has been recognised with multiple awards and nominations for her work in music. She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer four times, the second most by any singer. She has won five Filmfare Awards, from 15 nominations, and seven Filmfare Awards South from 20 nominations. She has received state film awards for best singer from Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments. In addition, she has received numerous best singer awards at IIFA Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, Apsara Awards and Mirchi Music Awards among others. In 2010, she was honoured with the prestigious Swaralaya Yesudas Award. Ghoshal was also honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, wherein governor Ted Strickland declared June 26 as "Shreya Ghoshal Day".'' (Wikipedia)

Edited by Medulin on 02 February 2013 at 7:19pm

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03 February 2013 at 12:12pm | IP Logged 
Nana Mouskouri.
She has recorded songs in many languages, including Greek, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese, Maori and Turkish.

Edited by renaissancemedi on 03 February 2013 at 12:12pm

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08 February 2013 at 3:24pm | IP Logged 
Bodo Wartke - Lovesong in 75 languages and dialects

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25 March 2013 at 2:05am | IP Logged 
Demis Roussos re-recorded his songs in a number of languages, including Japanese*
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15 April 2013 at 1:31pm | IP Logged 
In the early 60's, it was fairly common for pop singers to record versions of their songs in other languages. Even The Beatles issued a couple of singles in German (Sie liebt dich, Komm geb mir deine Hand).

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15 April 2013 at 2:33pm | IP Logged 
I am assuming this is for pop singers. Classical musicians sing in multiple languages all the time as just a standard part of what they do. In my own recitals I've done English, French, German, Russian, Latin, Hebrew, Finnish, and possibly others.
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04 June 2013 at 5:47pm | IP Logged 
Celine Dion - love her:)

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