June 30, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week

This was a staple for a couple weeks on MTV En Español a few years ago. It's by Carol C. and DJ Nickodemus; Carol C. is the lead singer of the group Si Sé whom I saw when they opened for Los Amigos Invisibles in NYC in 2005. They were absolutely sensational. Not only were their songs hip, funky and toe-tappin' in both Spanish and English, Carol's voice is oh-so-yummy -- and she's damn sexy to boot! So without further ado, here's "Mariposa" ("Butterfly").

Warning for the very easily offended: The video has less-than-subtle lesbian overtones. I couldn't find lyrics of the tune anywhere, but they're not explicit; quite poetic, actually, from those I could make out from the video. The chorus chimes in part "Bailaré hasta el amanecer ... contigo ..." which translates to "I'll dance until the dawn with you." Make of that what you will, natch!

By the way, "Si Sé" translates to "If I Know." One weird thing about Spanish is that an accent mark can totally change the meaning of a word. For instance, "se" without the accent mark really means nothing at all without another word following it, so that's easy. Most Americans know that "sí " means "yes," but do not know that without the accent, it means "if." BUT (whew!) many folks who write in Spanish leave off needed accent marks as usually one can tell what the word means via context. I'm assuming Si Sé didn't leave off the accent on the "i" (see the album cover here) but if they did, the moniker still neatly translates into "Yes I Know." There's no context at all, so I'll have to go what the grammar shows me!

Posted by Hube at June 30, 2008 02:09 PM | TrackBack

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Cool video, beautiful voice and singer.

I usually skip over your spanish language video posts, but after reading your translation explanation I gave it a try. Muy Bien

Posted by: anoni at July 5, 2008 12:09 PM

Glad you enjoyed it, anoni! I am happy my love for the Spanish language and culture was appreciated by someone else!! :-)

Posted by: Hube at July 5, 2008 06:31 PM