Category: 1970s

31st January 2019: Qamili i Vogël and Mazllom Mejzini – Rrehi Teli

Artist: Qamili i Vogël and Mazllom Mejzini Title: Rrehi Teli Language: Albanian Translation: I am afraid I couldn’t find the translation for this song title The beautiful album featuring today’s track is from 1978, showcasing ‘Kenge Popullore Shqiptare’, or Popular Albanian Songs. I am always fascinated by what countries call themselves compared to what us English-speakers call them. ‘Shqipëri’ is...

24th January 2019: Песняры – Ты Мне Вясною Прыснілася

Artist: Песняры (Pesnyary) Title: Ты Мне Вясною Прыснілася (Ty Mnie Viasnoju Prysnilasia) Language: Belarusian Translation: I dreamt of you in Spring A rather lovely and atmospheric track from 1971 – the keyboard is particularly nice. This vocal-instrumental ensemble formed in 1969, and released singles and albums throughout the 70s. Interesting facts: apparently the band were influenced by early Frank Zappa,...

19th January 2019: Sergio y Estíbaliz – Búscame

Artist: Sergio y EstíbalizTitle: Búscame Language: Spanish Translation: Find Me This song is so cute! Sergio y Estíbaliz represented Spain in the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest with a song called “Tú volverás” (“You Will Return”). Today’s track is from their eponymous 1973 album. While researching I discovered they also released a 1979 synth-pop / disco album called ‘Beans’. Note to...

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...

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