Exploring the various changes going on in the African American women's world & varous other tid bits info, news, etc. through the lense of Judaism
Nice song! Do you have the translation for the lyrics? You said it was about a "dark woman"?
Hi ABW,I wish I could put my CD with that song, its so beautiful- especially when its a real guy singing it! LOL I'll have to ask my husband for all the words. And I'll try to post it on the comment here. (or where ever else is better for you). just give me a day.
Nice song! don't understand what they are saying but the melody is very nice.
Posting in the comments section is fine. Thanks!
ABW,The Ladino version, the song is called Morenika (brown one)I couldn't find a translation & Hubby had a hard time translating it.But we do have the all Hebrew version called: ShekharkhoretShecharchoret yikre'unitsach hata uri.Rak milahat shemesh kayitzBa li shechori.Chorus:Shecharchoretyafya/t kol-kachbe'eynayich esh bo'eretlibi kulo shelach.Shecharchoret yikre'unikol yordei hayamIm od pa'am yikre'unichish elech itam.Shecharchoret yikre'eniben le'av molech.Im od pa'am yikre'eniacharav elech. Here's the English translation:The dark one" they call me,but my skin was white.Only from the fire of summer suncame my dark complexion.O dark one,you are indeed beautiful.In your eyes a fire burns.My heart is all yours.The dark one" they call me,all the seafarers.If they call me once againI shall join them.The dark one" he calls me,the prince.If he calls me once again,I shall follow him.I have to thank you for this project. It led me to discovering this interesting website with translations of a lot of Hebrew songs.Translation gotten from:link
Thanks for the translation! It sounds like it's coming from the Song of Solomon, or Song of Songs in which the Beloved says of herself, "Do not hate me because I am black. For I am black but comely, my skin has been blackened by many morning suns..."Cool!
your welcome. Some tidbit stuff: its interesting that in the Hebrew version its written, "I am black AND comely".
when i first heard the song, i also figured it was an allusion to Shir HaShirim (song of songs). the word used, "shecharchoret", (dark) is exactly the one used in Shir HaShirim, and its' not exactly a common word. Avishai Cohen, the jazz bassist, has a beautiful rendition of the song in both Ladino and Hebrew on his new album, Aurora.
Alex - Avishai Cohen - I think I have that CD. That's where I first heard this song.
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