Today is Purim, a Jewish Holiday that does involve costumes, celebration and the reversals of fortune.
Interestingly, it occurs to me that it may be the closest thing to a “troll holiday” that really exists in the Jewish calendar.
My identity, especially my Jewish identity, is something I struggle with a LOT more than I should.
But that’s a story for another day.
True to the spirit of reversal on Purim (vnahafokh = Ancient Hebrew for “and it was reversed”, referring to the denouement of the Book of Esther which you should read one fine afternoon, if you haven’t heard it already today or yesterday evening), I ain’t gonna be writing about language learning.
I’m going to be posting the catchiest songs I’ve heard. Ever.
Actually, what am I thinking? Does this have anything to do with Purim? No, it probably doesn’t. There isn’t even any Jewish performer on this list (as far as I can tell…sorry)
But I hope all of you regardless of background or level or anything else can enjoy this playlist.
Want the lyrics? Leave a comment. Didn’t include them because I thought it would clutter this post more than message. I didn’t include commentary for the same reason. You came to hear catchy songs, not a lecture.
So more music, less wordz!
- Basshunter, “Boten Anna” (Swedish)
- The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (English)
- Daniel Bilip “Mangi Mendi” (Papua New Guinea / mostly in Tok Pisin)
- SUSSAT! “Sila Qaamareerpoq” (Greenlandic)
Staysman and Lazz, “En Godt Stekt Pizza” (Norwegian)
Juan Magan, «Mal de Amores» (Spanish [Spain])
Marc Fussing Rosbach, «FIIST!» (Greenlandic)
And now for the first place you’ve all been waiting for…
- Keatly Kalulu, «Kava» (Bislama [Vanuatu])