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Original or English translation...
#1
Does language matter?
Listen to these two versions of the same song - one in Swedish and one in English (same artist) - which one do you prefer...

The song is from the "Kristina fran Duvemala" (eng "Kristina from Duvemala") and is a song from a musical based on a story about Swedish people migrating to America during the 19th century...

Swedish and original language:
"Du maste finnas"
[video=youtube;a2idVI73ais]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2idVI73ais[/video]

English version:
"You have to be there"
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#2
I listened both version couple times and seems to me I like swedish version more. Actually surprised.
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#3
I've seen that comment before... Wonder if it has to do with the fact that you, when singing in your mother tongue, are able to express your feelings in the song to a greater extent... But I have to agree with you, not only about this song, Swedish is my language, but also in other cases where songs in other languages have been translated into Swedish I often prefer the version in the original language...
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#4
I believe that the original song sung in its' original language is for the most part the best version!

Being from Sweden,MFS, do you like the great prog rock/metal band Opeth? I think they (Mikael Akerfeldt) incorporate a Swedish folk song influence in their music? I had the privilege of seeing them live a couple of years ago...an outstanding and memorable concert!
 The ultimate connection is between a performer and its' audience!
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#5
I have one album - Jammu Afrika by Ismael Lo - I don't understand a single word of it but I think it's one of the greatest albums I have heard.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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SteveO Wrote:I believe that the original song sung in its' original language is for the most part the best version!

Being from Sweden,MFS, do you like the great prog rock/metal band Opeth? I think they (Mikael Akerfeldt) incorporate a Swedish folk song influence in their music? I had the privilege of seeing them live a couple of years ago...an outstanding and memorable concert!

Never heard them, but about them... Until now. Listened to Burden, and really liked it - thanks a lot... Have a new group to discover now...
If you like Opeth, perhaps Takida is Something for you...
Give "You learn" a try, and perhaps "Curly Sue" & "Handlake village"
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#7
Jerome Wrote:I have one album - Jammu Afrika by Ismael Lo - I don't understand a single word of it but I think it's one of the greatest albums I have heard.

Sounds like that album is worth a try..
And what about Banana boat song, half of it is sung in a weird language Smile
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#8
Jerome Wrote:I have one album - Jammu Afrika by Ismael Lo - I don't understand a single word of it but I think it's one of the greatest albums I have heard.

I have to agree re Ismaël Lo, I love his album ISO – a sample …

[video=youtube;3C54Icl03DI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C54Icl03DI[/video]
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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#9
And another non-English song that I love … Farke Toure with the Idan Raichel Project.

[video=youtube;HaCpc7osbek]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaCpc7osbek[/video]
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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#10
Great... Two feel good songs there... Something with rythm and the drum beats in African music that is so... Just good (both were African, or...)

This one was in the finals of the Swedish ESC competition and is mostly sung as "jojk" - used by the Sami people (natives in north Scandinavia and maybe Russia) to express feelings without real words.... I like this one also
[video=youtube_share;KbLx4UIcL-c]http://youtu.be/KbLx4UIcL-c[/video]
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