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Dragostea din tei

Posted by shanoah on August 28, 2008

Well, Sean, much as I like weird animation, I’m still in the mood for weird music.

This time, I grabbed a song I’m sure you know, though likely not by the official name, Dragostea din tei. You’re more likely to have known it as “Numa Numa”, or “that weird ‘My ah he my ah hu my ah ha my ah haha‘ thing”.

What struck me as interesting is that all sorts of countries have done covers of it. But first, to remind you, lets play the original:

Dragostea din tei (Numa Numa) - Ozone

The closest official translation of this song title appears to be “Love of the linden tree”. And this song is in Romanian, in case you were curious.

Now, for the expectedly bizarre Japanese version:

Koi no Buchiage Tengoku: Koi no Maiahi~Chiwawa~Banzai - Maeda Ken

A Japanese version of the song, that, being Japanese, involves crossdressing. Note that the teacher and the student with a crush on him are in fact the same person; a Japanese comedian.

And I’m still not sure where Chihuahua‘s come into it. And I think I’ll finish off with the Chinese version:

Bu Pa Bu Pa - Jocie Kok

Unlike the last version, this Mandrian Chinese version by Jocie Kok does not appear to be sung by someone in drag. In fact, the title of this version translates to “Not afraid, Not afraid”, and is about overcoming fears.

Though from the opening, at first I thought it was about cellphones. And I somehow suspect that the Japanese version is a parody of this version[1], though I can’t be sure…

[1] Especially given the artist name.


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