International Perspectives Class/My Favorite Foreign Music

Preface: Sorry for the weird formatting of the list, I have tried fixing it multiple times and it won’t change.

Since I am taking an international perspectives class this semester (it’s a university requirement) I have learned just how very rare it is for someone to have left their home town let alone the country. Most of my classmates have lived in the same state their whole life. They live a half hour away from all their family. They go to the same restaurants, movies, theatres. Most of my classmates have never seen a real geisha, or an aboriginal didgeridoo, or an authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock. They’ve never seen Hiroshima or the concentration camps. They are unfortunately blinded by their inability to travel.

Living the life of a military brat has left me very fortunate. Although, I didn’t necessarily enjoy the moving around all the time, leaving friends, and starting at new schools, I was INCREDIBLY lucky to have lived in multiple countries and visit more places than I could count. Travelling let me experience new cultures and languages. I learned about international perspectives and I made friends from entirely different backgrounds than I had. And one of the biggest thing I gained was a love for music of all different languages. (My favorites have to be Portuguese, Swahili, and Gaelic!)

So, I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite songs and second favorite songs from all different languages. Some have a little bit of English in them; however, I tried to choose songs that were solely of the language. I am excited to see what you all think! Anyways, I hope you likee the music as much as I do! Let me know any of your favorites songs of different languages!

Portuguese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcm55lU9knw                                                     Ai Se Eu Tu Pego by Michel Teló

Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyhPL2Q_Bog                          Aquarela do Brasil by Francisco Alves

German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6YS8XRAXmI                                             Neunundneunzig Luftballoons by Nena

Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f78Cxsrhjs                                Du Hast by Rammstein

Italian/Neopolitan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-3a9h7r3C0                                  Con Te Partiro by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Honorable mention(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6KN5DpQS8U                        Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano (Original) by Renato Carosone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E9Ed9DUQoQ                                                                             We No Speak Americano (Samples Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano) by Yolanda Be Cool and DCup

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8t4Xkf_1KE                                                Quizàs, Quizàs, Quizàs by Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez

Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v13JAf6Oohc                             Oye Como Va by Santana

Swahili: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfA2rflCIUk                                                        Jambo Bwana by Moi University Choir

Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ7kUTInzWQ                             O Sifuni Mungu by First Call  (even if you aren’t religious, this song is still really awesome just for the music alone)

Japanese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBjriKQDRjE                                                Sakura by Ikimono Gakari

Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPGNqwT2N_Y                            Sakura by Keiko Imamura  (traditional Japanese song)

Scottish Gaelic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDdi6bn06bo                                      Unknown Title by Julie Fowlis

Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MzetQfKwbE                                   Blackbird (Lon-dubh) by Julie Fowlis  (Yes, this was originally written by the Beatles in English, but I love this version!)

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