Here’s a recording of part of a song in a mystery language. Any ideas which language it is?
This is a dialect of Indo-Aryan. I hope you have the rights to reproduce music from the Xena: Warrior Princess soundtrack!
Though the structure of the words is obscured by the singing, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a Romance language. Maybe Sardinian?
The last bit sounds like ‘kon muncho alegria’ – Sephardic Spanish?
I’m about 99% it’s not ladino (“sephardic spanish”). As for a guess, it has a very middle-eastern quality- how about Pashto?
I’ll go with Ladino. The middle-eastern feel is apropos for Moorish Spain, in which not only was there an Arabic culture flourishing on the Iberian penninsula, but under the Moors, the Spanish Jews also flourished. The Andalusian influence is still felt in modern Spanish and Latino culture.
I had a feeling that it was either Romance or Indo-Aryan. Ladino seems to be a possibility.
Now that I’ve listened closely several times, I’m sure that the lyrics contain “..de la madre…grande…a mi vista…que tu padre”.
It’s hard to believe that so many spanish elements would have survived in Ladino, which nowadays seems to be spoken exclusively in Israel.
So I go with Caló, the language of the Spanish Roma, who gave us the Flamenco.
The answer is Ladino. The song is a lullaby called Nani Nani sung by Yasmin Levy and comes from Youtube
agh i love yasmin levy. i have more ladino music than any other language on my ipod. it’s so beautiful.
It is very beatiful music.
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