Nelson’s production is looking for singers who speak different languages ​​- Nelson Star


The word yes in languages ​​around the world has many sounds. If you want to say “yes” in Sesotho, a South African language, Nelson resident Puleng Pratt would tell you to say “ay-a.” Others you may hear: kul-laeh, eh-vet, poe or han-ji. (These are the sounds of yes in Finnish, Turkish, Albanian and Hindi.) Surprisingly – for English speakers – the Korean and Greek words meaning yes sound like “neh”.

Words that translate to yes are at the heart of a new choral composition titled Forty Words for Yes by composer Nelson Doug Jamieson. Although much of the composition’s text is in English, several sections are solely based on words meaning yes in 40 different languages ​​from around the world.

The Kootenay Musical Theater Society is looking for singers whose first language is one of 40 languages ​​to record Forty Words for Yes. As an indication of Nelson’s ethnic diversity, 19 of the top 25 confirmed singers are local!

So far the project has singers who speak: Albanian, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Maori, Persian, Portuguese, Russian , Sesotho, Spanish, Sri Lankan, Tagalog and Turkish. Additionally, Sinixt, Ktunaxa, and Haida elders help establish connections with singers from these nations.

If you are a singer and your native language is not listed above, email [email protected] Nelson’s singers will record their parts in the studio of the Kootenay Musical Theater Society while international singers will upload their recordings.

To hear a sketch of Forty Words Yes, go to YouTube and search for “Forty Words Yes and Doug Jamieson.”

Wondering how Forty Words for Yes will be presented? Stay tuned. The Kootenay Musical Theater Society will unveil the project next spring.

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