Take some American and Spanish poetry from sunny Mexico, add to this a lovely voice from South Africa, a bit of Italian, a dreamy slightly haunting song about a stolen bicycle from the UK (no wonder people go nicking bicycles) , a ukulele song from French band Cocoon , and you should have your fill of ukulele and languages for the weekend.
Country : Mexico / Language: Spanish
Spanish, ukulele and recitation in this video featuring Jorge Guerra performing Mariposa Negra (Black Butterflies), a poem by New Yorker Barbara Joan Schaffer.
The Spanish lyrics to the song are (source : Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website) :
Mariposa negra de mi corazón
te esperaba y sólo llegó
La mariposa negra de mi corazón.
Te esperaba donde te sentaba
tu mano en la mía
escuchando lo que no pudimos decir.
Mariposa negra que vuela sin ver su camino.
Amor de sordomudo
Amor de tacto mudo
Sol oscuro de mi despertar.
The English words to the poem can be found here on Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website.
Country: South Africa / Language : Spanish
More Spanish language with a cover of the Gipsy Kings performed on guitar and ukulele. Lovely vocals by Mitelene.
Lyrics and their English translation can be found here.
Country : Italy / Language : Italian
Italians are world-renowned for talking with their hands. So much so that ukulele player Fabio Koryu has written a song called Una Mano (a Hand).
For an Italian’s view of Italian stereotypes, including body language, check this article.
A demonstration of Italian dexterity with Rockindiego playing The Godfather Theme
Country: United-Kingdom / Language: English
Different corner of the world, different style of music, Tristram performs Ballad of a Stolen Bicycle.
Read about Tristram here.
Country: France / Language: English
I found this acoustic version of one of the songs from the album, called Sea Lion. I hope there’ll be a few other ukulele tracks on Where the Ocean ends.