Category: Foreign Language

14th March 2019: Pen Ran – Kyom Men Sok Jet Te

Artist: Pen Ran (ប៉ែន រ៉ន)Title: Kyom Men Sok Jet Te (ខ្ញុំមិនសុខចិត្តទេ) Language: Khmer Translation: I’m unsatisfied This rather groovy tune is from Cambodia. Singer Pen Ran is also known as Pan Ron. The title was quite risque for the time, as it has a sexual reference which would not have been common in Cambodian music. She often worked with another...

13th March 2019: Surorile Osoianu – Trece-un nouraș pe sus

Artist: Surorile Osoianu (Osoianu Sisters) Title: Trece-un nouraș pe sus Language: Romanian Translation: I have seen it translated two ways – ‘clouds passing high above’, or ‘little cloud passing by’. This track is so beautiful! It’s a traditional Moldovan folk song from the Basarabia region. It seems to be about a girl who had a romance with a shepherd. From the...

9th March 2019: Marehemu George Mukabi – Bibi Mama Ngani Mzuri

Artist: Marehemu George MukabiTitle: Bibi Mama Ngani Mzuri Language: Swahili Translation: What a beautiful mother she is This fabulous Kenyan track is originally from George Mukabi’s album ‘Sengula Nakupenda’, which was recorded in 1956. This version here is from a 2007 compilation called ‘Lipa Kodi Ya City Council’ (which is named after one of the tracks on the album by...

8th March 2019: Ilaiyaraaja – Pattu Enge

Artist: Ilaiyaraaja Title: Pattu Enge Language: TamilTranslation: Where is silk (?)…hmmm… Seriously, what is going on here in this video? This song is amazing – really interesting harmonies and musical sounds. It was written by Ilaiyaraaja, and the singers are S. P Shailaja & Malaysia Vasudevan. This song is from a 1987 Tamil film called ‘Poovizhi Vasalile‘ (which means ‘eye at...

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