It should come as no surprise then that in response to Ahmadinejad's action, the U. State Department has been looking for red, white and blue substitutes for the hundreds of Persian words that English has borrowed over the centuries, or that a member of the House of Representatives suggested replacing America’s National Academy of Sciences is expected to come up with an official list of patriotic English words to replace the other common Persianisms in our language: calabash, dervish, diadem, divan, gherkin, indigo, jasmine, marzipan, mummy, naphtha, organdy, pagoda, paradise, saffron, sandal, sherbet, talc, talisman, and tulip.
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My Space: These six Berlin-based musicians, of Ersatz Musika spent their formative years in the USSR and emigrated to Berlin in the early 90's.
They are lead by singer/songwriter, Irina Doubrovskja who describes her music, on My Space, as "post-soviet urban folk from Berlin." Lyrics to: Songs Unrecantible (8.3 MB)Some beautiful music by the group, Te Vaka, which means "canoe" in the Tokelau language.
English itself has been replete with French words ever since the unfortunate incident at Hastings in 1066, while in more recent times France has been unsuccessfully fighting the English invasion of its own vocabulary. Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad tossed English out on its ear.
When foreign diplomats are ejected from a country, their homeland often retaliates in kind, and words seem destined to suffer the same fate.
Iranians may still use Arabic, the language of the Quran, but English is forbidden.
With a stroke of the presidential pen, Ahmadinejad turned Iranian , which isn’t actually English but Italian, will henceforth be known by a Persian phrase meaning “elastic bread.” A list of 2,000 other replacement words has been published on the Persian Academy’s web page.
Their first album was titled "Living Like a Refugee." As their motto they write: "We always to intend to write songs about peace and love because we always remember our past. That's why we never cease to remind people in our music to always remain in peace.
We will be hearing "Living Stone."Basse Kouyate plays the ngoni, a string instrument originating in West Africa; it's body is made of wood or calabash covered with goatskin over it like a drum. Basse Kouyate and Ngoni ba are on US tour and will play a concert on April 10th, in Minneapolis, at The Cedar.
The Stimulators are a Munich Germany based band featuring former Ike Turner sideman, Peter Schneider on lead guitar, and German ska pioneer, Oliver Stephan on lead vocals/ rhythm guitar, have been thrilled audiences all over Europe, with their infectious mix of Caribbean and African styles, grafted onto a solid Jazz and Blues-based foundation.