Music in minority languages

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby opipik » 2017-06-02, 20:48

Gabadi (Abadi) is an Oceanic language of the Papuan Tip linkage spoken by approximately 2 900 people in Papua New Guinea. This song is called "Eni Emu" and is apparently about a man writing from jail to his parents, feeling sorry for what he has done (he shot his ex-wife's new husband). He says that they should take care for his son while he's (the son's father) in jail.
I don't know anything else about the band except that they're called Helgas Band and they sing in Gabadi and Tok Pisin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Vw8rVYH7c

Here's the first part of the lyrics:

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-06-03, 7:44

Oko a.k.a. Ogori-Magongo and Oko-Eni-Osayen is a cluster of dialects that are somewhat closely related to the Nupoid languages, including Ebira and Nupe. It's spoken in southwestern Kogi State near Edo State and Ondo State (to the southwest of Kogi State). Most Oko-speakers also speak Yoruba as a second language. This is a (folk?) song that I think is in Oko (I'm guessing "Ogori" refers to the sperformed entirely by women:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yhzVJttirk

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-06-14, 4:52

Gbari a.k.a. Eastern Gwari is the other variety of Gwari besides Gbagyi a.k.a. Western Gwari. This is apparently a song in Gbari. I can't tell what it's about since the video doesn't show anything apart from showing the inside of a room, which doesn't seem to be relevant. :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhdfqRbPJCE

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-06-18, 3:20

Igala is a Yoruboid language spoken in what I would say is basically central Nigeria. It's pretty closely related to Yoruba, although there are a number of other languages or linguistic varieties spoken in Nigeria and the neighboring nations of Togo and Benin that are more closely related to it. This is a video with some singing (I think of a Christian hymn) in Igala (from 1:08 to about 4:12); some of the rest of the video is in English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4cIw4q9TIA

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-06-20, 5:53

Hyam a.k.a. Jabba or Ham is a dialect cluster spoken in Kaduna State in Nigeria, just south of Katsina State where the city of Katsina is located. It is one of the Central Plateau languages, which might be somewhat closely related to the Kainji languages such as Lela, Cipu, Shingini, and Baangi. The prestige variety of Hyam is called Hyam of Nok. Other varieties include Sait, Dzar, Yaat, and Ankum. This is a song in Hyam (of Nok?) called "Nabo Gyet" by Aribi Mike Maida:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaV3NC6AShE

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-06-24, 20:40

This begins with a song in Gitata, a variety of Gwandara, Hausa's closest linguistic relative:

http://globalrecordings.net/en/program/A63449

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-01, 23:21

3:25-5:40 of this clip is apparently a song in another variety of Gwandara called Nisaba:

http://globalrecordings.net/en/program/C26851

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby h34 » 2017-07-05, 11:45

[flag=]ain[/flag] A song in Ainu by リウカカント / Riwkakant:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMT_B916QLk

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-07, 4:34

Esan is an Edoid language very closely related to Edo and spoken in roughly south-central Nigeria, west of the Niger River. This is a sad song in Esan in the context of a short drama about a girl named Omuekpen being wrongly accused and punished by her parents for allegedly prostituting herself. The entire video has subtitles in English. The song is called "Isighele" and begins around 7:14:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKEVnud5od4

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-07, 18:19

Ika is an Igboid language spoken in southern Nigeria, in Edo State but apparently even more in Delta State just south of that. The Igboid languages are an independent branch of languages within the Volta-Congo group that some of the other languages I've been posting songs in lately are in; their largest member is Igbo, spoken in southeastern Nigeria. There are many Ika communities with their own names; this one is from the Agbor community. It's apparently called "Ikpoho Ebuke" and sung by Alex Odai:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDDqUZMMQJ0

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-10, 1:32

The Idomoid languages are a group of Volta-Niger languages spoken in central Nigeria. They may be most closely related to the Nupoid languages, Oko, and Igala. One of the Idomoid languages is Agatu a.k.a. North Idoma. This recording apparently has a song in it beginning around 3:40:

http://globalrecordings.net/ne/program/C00910

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-21, 21:26

Idoma is the Idomoid language with the largest number of speakers (and, unsurprisingly, the one that "Idomoid" gets its name from). It's closely related to Agatu. This is a Christian song in Idoma by Godshield Orokpo called "Ahinya e!" which apparently means 'thank you!'. The video begins with a short drama in English, followed by this song with English subtitles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K23DFuJZig

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-22, 10:33

Itsekiri is a Yoruboid language, specifically within the Edekiri group, which apparently does not include Igala but does include Yoruba and the other Yoruboid languages. It's spoken in Nigeria in the Niger River delta and in parts of Edo State and Ondo State, though this video is actually from Washington, DC, presenting a traditional Itsekiri dance called Omoko with background singing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydYTjLmoLDY

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby h34 » 2017-07-25, 21:37

(dsb) Die Folksamen is a band from Lusatia, the part of Germany where a minority speak Sorbian. This is a song in Lower Sorbian possibly called Dolna Łužyca ('Lower Lusatia').
http://youtu.be/j9OuPUZfRG0
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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby opipik » 2017-07-26, 7:02

Sikaiana is a Polynesian language spoken on the Sikaiana Atoll in Solomon Islands by around 730 people as of 1999.
This song is called "Toku tama e hea" and it's played by a band that's apparently called "Sikaiana Album".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SUtytikFDI

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-26, 7:57

The Ijaw languages are a distinct group of languages spoken in southern Nigeria. They are usually considered to be a separate branch within Niger-Congo. Unlike most Niger-Congo languages, they have SOV word order and do not have a noun class system. Most Ijaw people speak the Izon language a.k.a. Ịzọn, (Central–Western) Ijo, Ijaw, Izo, and Uzo and presumably live along the southern(-central) coastline of Nigeria where it's spoken. This is a dance song in Izon called "Se Teme," featuring King Robert Ebizimo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrgJAxScaAs

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-07-27, 5:50

Uvwie a.k.a. Uvbie, Evrie, and Evhro is an Edoid language and thus somewhat closely related to Edo, Esan, Okpe, Okpamheri, etc. It's spoken mainly in Delta State, near the southern coast of Nigeria (and near where Izon is spoken). This video appears to include two songs in Uvwie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awOSSQwG13Q

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby opipik » 2017-08-21, 19:52

Melpa is a Chimbu-Wahgi language spoken in Chimbu province in PNG.
This song is called "Heaven Wuta".

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIo-aR6ASok

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-23, 4:18

opipik wrote:Although the lyrics are included in the video, the orthography is strange.

I think that's true most of the time, though, with languages that aren't usually written in the Roman script.

Urhobo is another southwestern Edoid language, closely related to Uvbie. These are some folk songs in Urhobo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUpw2r05suc
That mic doesn't seem to be working so well, though.

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby opipik » 2017-08-31, 12:53

vijayjohn wrote:
opipik wrote:Although the lyrics are included in the video, the orthography is strange.

I think that's true most of the time, though, with languages that aren't usually written in the Roman script.


Melpa is written in the Latin script, though.

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Takuu is another Polynesian language spoken by around 1 800 people on the Takuu atoll near Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIoZcX8dSRM


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