Foreign Languages

(aired 6/12/09)

foreign lands

My playlist for this show includes songs with languages other than English in the lyrics and/or titles. I ended up finding a full range of great music from many tongues: French, German, Portuguese, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Icelandic, Danish and Japanese. I also looked up the translations of the titles, listed below, although not all of them are guaranteed to be 100% accurate. Leave a note if you see anything that needs correction!

  1. Quelqu’un m’a dit – Carla Bruni (2:47) [French: “Someone Told Me”]
  2. Major Tom (Vollig Losgelost) – Peter Schilling (4:03) [German]
  3. Mulemba Xangola – Bonga, Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown (5:50) [Portuguese – from Red Hot + Lisbon album]
  4. Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer (5:19) [Hindi: “It Rocks” or “Hallelujah” or “May There Be Victory” or “Victory to Thee”?]
  5. Rara – Juana Molina (3:08) [Spanish – from Argentina: “Rare” or “Weird”]
  6. Il Re – Lorenzo Jovanotti (2:57) [Italian: “The King”]
  7. Hungriges Herz – Mia (3:38) [German: “Hungry Heart”]
  8. Ma Ya Hi (Dragostea Din Tei) – O-Zone (3:24) [Romanian]
  9. Staralfur – Sigur Rós (6:47, starts at 1:30) [Icelandic: “Staring Elf”]
  10. Kaze Wo Atsumete – Happy End (4:09) [Japanese: “Gather the Wind Under My Wings”]
  11. La Fille Danse – Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan (1:41) [French, “The Girl Dances”]
  12. Foux Du Fafa – Flight of the Conchords (2:46) [suggested by Julia Garrity]
  13. Det er mig der holder træerne sammen – Under Byen (3:34) [Danish: “It Is Me Who Keeps the Trees Together”]
  14. Ta Douleur – Camille (3:08) [French: “Your Pain”]
  15. Cajuína – Caetano Veloso (2:25) [Portuguese: “Clarified Cashew Apple Juice”??]
  16. Moi, mon ame et ma conscience – Paris Combo (4:22) [French: “Me, My Friend, and My Conscience”]
  17. Strawberry Fields Forever (Remasterizado 2008) – Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (4:17) [Spanish; suggested by Michaela DeSoucey]

Originally aired on KSKQ on June 12, 2009. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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