I have that cd. I'll go check the booklet
Aha, found it! There are no backstories to the songs so I can't tell you how this is supposed to be intrepreted... Anyway these are the lyrics to "Kan Marau La" in english.
"I will beat her"
When I wake up early in the morning
The girl is still asleep
When she sees me
Oh good, she will speak to me
I will die, I will die
Ai, ai, I will beat her
I will beat her
In the rain I will leave her
To eat like a dog
The girl will cry
Because I will leave her
When she sees me
She will speak to me
I will die, I will die.
But now that I've read those words, it doesn't seem so danceable after all
No it's in Romani language.
Ohhhhh, okay, that explains it! Thank you for the info!
Meaning gipsy. I do not like the Romani word, because it leads to cOnfision: Romanian/Romani, which are two different populations.
Originally Posted by gisela
There is a type of gipsy music called "Manea", of an extremely low quality, sung by the majority of the gipsies here un Romania. Lousy lyrics, lousy music. IMHO, they do not reflect but a part of easily enriched gipsies. I believe that real gipsy songs are different than this.
Actually, the word "Manea" depicted a different type of music, of oriental origins, frOm the 1700's, when the Turks had occupied the south-eastern Europe. Those who sang "manele" (plural for manea) were doing it for the local leaders. The sound was "softer", sweet and quite danceable. At least the lyrics were better.
I will try to find one online..
a "manea" composed by Anton Pan, in the 18th century
Tudor Gheorghe - Inima mi-e plin
starting with min. 1:00 or so
Also, another song written in the same era (18th century, by Anton Pann):
Anton Pann*Lyrics & Videos (it opens a window playing the song "Lelita Saftita", sang by the group Anton Pann for me, but there might be other songs in the playlist, old Romanian songs of oriental influence)
there's a difference in the music, the lyrics, attitude... everything Ok, I could dance on this one
I understand your annnoyance. I've lost count of the number of times people assume "Hungarians" are "Huns" because of a misconnection between the tribe of Huns (who invaded slightly before) and the term On-Ogour which led to the misnomer "Hungary".
Originally Posted by Nedeia
There are lots of words with similar meanings. In addition to Romania/Romania there is also Rome/Roman - and Rom/Romani. Should Romans also change their name? In this case, the term "Gypsy" in English has many negative connotations and is considered offensive. So, in line with other groups it is considered polite to use the group's own name for themselves.
Incidentally, strictly, I believe the name of the language is "Romanes" in English.
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