Music in minority languages

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-09-24, 7:03

Nyanga a.k.a. Kinyanga is a Bantu language that seems to be of uncertain affiliation spoken near Virunga National Park, just southwest of where Nande is spoken and south of where Bhele is spoken. This is a song called "Baka Batembila" by a folk group called International Dieti Duma Zulu that performs songs in Nyanga:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XvqWbQg1eI

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-10-14, 1:03

Hunde a.k.a. Kihunde, Kobi, or Rukobi is a Great Lakes Bantu language and thus somewhat closely related to (Kinya)rwanda, (Ki)rundi, and Nande. It's spoken just to the east of where Nyanga is spoken and west of both the border with Uganda (and near the border with Rwanda) and of the part of the DRC where Kinyarwanda is spoken. This is apparently a traditional song in Hunde performed by a griot, i.e. a poet singing the praises of some kind of patron:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7HzdnEuJxw

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-10-23, 14:41

Havu a.k.a. Haavu or Kihavu is another Great Lakes Bantu language, most closely related to Shi, spoken in the DRC around Lake Kivu, including in Goma, where Kinyarwanda (and Congo Swahili and French) is also spoken. This is a GRN clip with a version of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" that's supposedly in Havu starting around 29:22 and ending at 30:35. The clip also starts with very brief singing to the tune of "Clementine":
http://globalrecordings.net/en/program/1370

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-11-05, 1:06

Fuliiru a.k.a. Fuliiro, Furiiru, Kifuliiru, or Fulero is another language that is closely related to Shi and Havu and spoken in the DRC just west of Burundi and to the southeast of where Shi is spoken. This is a song in Fuliiru called "Ngahwe" by a band called Kilwe Ne Ngamba:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzOtHNuXunI

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby Linguaphile » 2019-11-05, 1:49

Tsi Obɛnkɛ Mi by King David. This is a song in the Ga language, spoken in the Accra region of Ghana. The title is usually translated as "Come Closer," but is more like "come close to me." The refrain is Tsi obɛnkɛ mi, ni ma tsi ma bɛnkɛ bo. "Come close to me, and I'll come close to you" or it can also be translated as "You approach me, and I'll approach you." The song talks about people getting along and working together, and how separation between people causes problems.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYh-1iA-B4g

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-11-05, 4:17

Nyindu is another language variety related to Fuliiru, Shi, and Havu but so heavily influenced by another Bantu language called Lega that speakers of Shi consider their language to be a dialect of Lega rather than of Shi. I'm listening to the song at the beginning of the first clip in the link below, which ends at 4:10:
http://globalrecordings.net/en/program/75016


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