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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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-12-15, 7:16

Mwenga is a variety of Lega spoken in the DRC between the areas where Nyindu and Shabunda are spoken, according to Ethnologue at least. This is apparently a folk song in Mwenga by Hubert Mubake (in any case, it's certainly not in French or Congo Swahili, so it's surely not the majority language in the area it comes from! Sorry about the grainy video footage btw):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGZsrgaVv3w

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-12-23, 8:42

Bangubangu is a dialect cluster within the Luban subgroup of Bantu languages spoken just south of where Shabunda is spoken and just west of where Bembe is spoken. This is a traditional song in Bangubangu (accompanied by part of another song, I think) called "Keskeskay" composed by Laurent Thumba Wa Thumba:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynVncu5X4qI

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-12-29, 3:00

Kusu is one of the Tetela languages and spoken in the DRC right next to the area where its relative, Tetela, is spoken. This is a folk song in Kusu performed by Kusu women and apparently called "Kekema." The song is very repetitive and seems to consist of little more in terms of lyrics than just the word "kekema":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KowThPCeJU

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-01-04, 23:25

Holoholo a.k.a. Kiholoholo, Kalanga, or Kikalanga is a Bantu language spoken just east of where Bangubangu is spoken. It's not clear how exactly it fits into the Bantu family/group, but apparently, it's a Northeast Bantu language along with Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, etc. This is a link from the GRN where the first recording starts with a song that's apparently in Holoholo (ending around 4:05):

http://globalrecordings.net/en/program/81786

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-01-05, 23:50

Hemba a.k.a. Eastern Lumba, Emba, Kihemba, or Kiemba is a Luba language not very closely related to the other Luba languages and spoken in the DRC. Specifically, it's spoken just west of where Taabwa is spoken and south of where Bangubangu is spoken. This is a song in Hemba:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zQeeUb-IH8

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-01-07, 22:34

Sanga a.k.a. Luba-Sanga or Kisanga is another Luba language that's apparently closely related to Luba-Katanga and spoken in the southeastern part of the DRC not too far from the border with Zambia. The beginning of clip #3 ("An Atoning Death") in the following GRN link starts with a song (until about 0:52) that's apparently in Sanga:
http://globalrecordings.net/en/program/1880

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-01-09, 22:35

Aushi is a Sabi language, from the South Sabi subgroup like Lamba, spoken both in Zambia and the DRC (to the east of Lubumbashi), though apparently with more speakers or at least more first-language speakers on the Zambian side of the border. This is a song in Aushi called "Ukuteka Imbwa Mano," apparently by Steve Tsotsi Kasumali & 2 Friends, courtesy of the Sounds of Africa Series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv8Xkkqdeuk


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