3 songs in 3 different languages that you really need to listen to

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Picture: Gaizka Peñafiel

BERRI TXARRAK – DENAK EZ DU BALIO

Berri Txarrak is a band that only sings in Basque. You probably haven’t heard of this language but, did you know it is one of the eldest languages in the world? Some scientists even believe that it was spoken 15,000 years ago in the Upper Paleolithic or the Old Stone Age.

The song sounded so good to us that we translated the parts in Basque, and they turned out to be magnificent and with a very powerful message: “We are not in the Middle Ages,although the witch hunt continues tothose who belong to a minority.”

Oh! This song features Tim McIlrath, co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against!

Lyrics of Denak Ez Du Balio in English could be something like this (by Google Translator). We know it doesn’t make much sense sometimes, but… enjoy:

We are not in the Middle Ages,
this is what the calendar says: a couple of millennia
we are not in the Middle Ages
although they have tried to silence all the messengers
that were out of dictation

So tonight we open up our hearts
staring straight into the sky
we are blinded by ambition
to be part of their lie
separation from these places
separation from these times
can we transcend this repetition?
transcend this life

The future and the past have been erased,
we only have this long and sterile present,
dumb and blind before us

We are not in the Middle Ages
so says the calendar
and what does the king say outside the coins?
We are not in the Middle Ages
although the witch hunt continues to
those who are a minority

So tonight we open up our hearts

The future and the past have been erased,
we only have this long and sterile present,
dumb and blind before us
tomorrow does not exist and despite everything we are safe
that what we have today does not look like anything
the one with whom we dreamed

That we are not in the Middle Ages
That everything is not worth
Is nothing worth it?

The future and the past have been erased,
we only have this long and sterile present,
silent and blind before us,
if tomorrow does not exist
we will try to change this aseptic present

I am talking about changing

 

IVAN DORN – LIMONADNIJ (LEMONADE)

Ivan Dorn is a Ukrainian singer, DJ and producer of Russian origin.

Try to be really focused when listening to this song and instead of counting to four (one, two, three, four), count to six and try not to lose a beat.

Use of syncopation in this song is very common, we could even say that every one of his words are syncopated along with the rhythm. Jazzy drums, strong beats where normally you would expect soft beats, rare key signature… Is this ska-rap? I don’t know, but thanks Ivan for creating this master piece.

 

KANA-BOON – ないものねだり

This song is about a girl angry with her boyfriend because he “really like attractive girls.”

A lot of Japanese culture can be seen in this video and it is really nice to see how western music mixes perfectly with their language.

Just in case you didn’t hear any before, here is some Japanese rock that may like you:

 

 

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