Category: 1970s

18th January 2019: Hamide Sadiku – Moj Hatixhe, N’Shami T’Kuqe

Artist: Hamide Sadiku Title: Moj Hatixhe, N’Shami T’Kuqe Language: Albanian Translation: My Hatixhe with the red scarf A poignant song about what it means to be a woman getting married, knowing that you have to leave your own family behind in order to look after your new family. I imagine this resonates around the world, not just in Albania. This beautiful...

12th January 2019: Grazia – Soyle Beni

Artist: GraziaTitle: Soyle Beni Language: TurkishTranslation: Have To Be The original of this album, released on Koliphone Records in 1978, is apparently one of the most highly sought-after Israeli records. An interesting release for many reasons, mainly that Grazia was only 16 when she recorded it, and that she was Israeli but sang this in Turkish. It was re-released in...

11th January 2019: Tim Maia – Ela Partiu

Artist: Tim MaiaTitle: Ela Partiu Language: Brazilian Portuguese Translation: She left I love Tim Maia! I have featured one of his songs before on my old blog (https://djesperanto.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/17th-september-2015-tim-maia-meus-inimigos/). This track is a classic, if somewhat sad. “She left Left and never came back She disappeared, disappeared and never came back.” How could anyone leave Tim, I just don’t understand!

10th January 2019: P. Ramlee & Saloma – Malam Ku Bermimpi

Artist: P. Ramlee & Saloma Title: Malam Ku Bermimpi Language: Malay Translation: My Night Dream Seniman Agung Tan Sri Datuk Amar Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Putih, otherwise known as P. Ramlee, was a pretty interesting character. He was famous in Malaysia for acting, singing, producing, and composing. He was married to Saloma, the lady he is singing with here (she...

9th January 2019: Elis Regina & Milton Nascimento – Caxangá

Artist: Elis Regina & Milton Nascimento Title: Caxangá Language: Brazilian Portuguese Translation: I believe that Caxangá is a neighbourhood of the city of Recife, which is on the north-east coast of Brazil. This is another beautiful song from Brazil. I’m still not sure how so many talented musicians come from this one country! This lovely musical pair blazed a trail among...

4th January 2019: Lucio Battisti – Il Veliero

Artist: Lucio BattistiTitle: Il VelieroLanguage: ItalianTranslation: The Sailing Ship This is such a cool Italian disco / dance track! If you would like to sing along while understanding the lyrics (and dancing, obviously), please follow this link: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/il-veliero-sailing-ship.html I like the cover of this 1976 album. I find a grown-up man running through a big, muddy puddle with such glee...

Day 11: Musical Advent Calendar 2018

Artist: Dragørbørnene Title: Vinterbyøster Language: Danish Translation: ? – awaiting clarification on this… This song is from the televised 1973 Danish children’s advent calendar “Vinterbyøster”, and was written by Asger Pedersen and Niels Jørgen Steen. From what I have read, there seems to be a circus (?) before Christmas in this (animated) town, and the advent calendar focuses on the...

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