Here’s a recording of a song in a mystery language.
Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?
The tune is More Sokol Pije – a Macedonian song, but the language doesn’t sound Macedonian or even Slavic. Albanian, maybe?
Guess it’s a Turkic language, probably Azeri. If so, the singer could be the great Alim Qasimov.
The musical style certainly sounds like southeastern Europe. Can’t guess the language, though…
Seeing as it sounds Turkic but is actually a Macedonian folk song, I believe that it is Balkan Gagauz spoken in Macedonia and Greece.
That’s bizarre. I recognized the tune as More Sokol Pije almost immediately, but i’m pretty positive that it’s being sung in Tamil.
Evans is right – The answer is Tamil (தமிழ்), a Dravidian language spoken in Sri Lanka, India, Singapore and Malaysia.
This song was written and is sung by Sathyarthi Chandrasekaran and is set to a Bulgaro-Macedonian vocal arrangement.
Thanks, Simon. Looks like we got them truly stumped (!) this time but well done to Evans for being spot on!
For those who may be interested, the lyrics I have penned here are in praise of Lord gaNapati who is traditionally invoked at the beginning of any recital/pUjA etc. as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’. The haunting ‘More sokol pije’ melody, which I had the privilege of learning from Dessislava Stefanova, corresponds to the ‘vakuLAbharaNam’ rAgam (or melodic scale) of Karnatic Music. The tALam (rhythmic cycle) is ‘mishra cApu’ (7-beats):
[Vowels: Capital letters stand for long vowels (i.e. 'A' = 'a' in 'father' etc.)
Consonants: Here, capitals represent retroflex consonants]
muRaippaDi unnai mudalil tozhuvAmE!
(yAnai, yAnai mukhattu-b-bAlanE!
vighna vinAyakanE! (yAnai…)
sharaNam puhundAmE! (yAnai…)
We always worship you at the beginning.
(Oh Elephant, elephant-faced infant!
Oh Elephant, I am your servant!)
You who free us of our Karma,
You quash all our obstacles! (Oh Elephant…)
Oh One who was born before Lord Murugan (‘sharavaNan’),
Unto you, do we surrender! (Oh Elephant…)
What a lovely mash-up. Thanks, Sathyarthi.
My pleasure, Dennis! Very pleased you’ve enjoyed it…
Tamil lyrics along with this melody and the vocal arrangement gives a “puzzling” nature to this song and I enjoyed it. Great composition !
Very nice, Sathya – reminds me of the song, Hava Nagila, especially the one sung by Harry Belafonte and Danny Kaye here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B971FNuLgQo
Did you compose the lyrics too? Great job!
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