Quiz night with pop music and languages - questions and answers

Are you interested in drinks, languages, pop music and/or winning over others? How about a quiz night with pop music and languages of the world? What song is it? What language is it in? What’s the deal with Eurovision?

Yesterday here in Canberra we had a quiz/trivia night with languages and pop music. If you ever thought of arranging anything similar, I'll here share with you our questions and answers for that night. The questions and answers are found in the comments, and you can find the playlist of all the relevant songs here.

If you use it, I'd be keen to know how people do :)! It's not as easy as it might "seem" when you look at the questions and see the titles of the videos - for example: Swedish was mistaken for Croatian and Cantonese for Romanian. It's hard to hear the lyrics and the language of a song - and it's even tricker when the language has tone ^^!

One of the evenings favourites was a musical number from the Telugu movie "Donga" from 1985. The number features both sampling of the melody and video from Michael Jackson's song "Thriller". (However, it is not officially called a "cover" per se, usually.)

My personal favourite from the quiz is the old Cameroonian song "Zamina Mina (Zangaléwa)" by the Golden Sounds. It is sung in Fang (Bantu, Atlantic-Congo) and Cameroonian Pidgin English (in some versions there's some French in there too). It has famously been covered by Shakira with Freshlyground for the FIFA world cup in South Africa  2010 ("Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)"). The original song is about indigenous african soldiers fighting for the allied forces in the Second World War, Les Tirailleurs as they are know in the Francophonie. You can read more about the song here.


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