[SOLVED] Seeta Qasemie songs - Arabic or Dari?

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Hi, I was gonna put in a transcription request for some songs by Afghani singer Seeta Qasemie, but I don't know if the songs are in Arabic or Dari, since both are languages spoken in Afghanistan.

Here's a link to one of her songs, called Melody of Love. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the lyrics online.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WDEpLCRDHU

Moderator — I'm A Goner
Joined: 10.07.2011

That doesn't sound like Arabic at all. But I don't know how Dari sounds though.

Guest

Thank you! I found out they also speak Pashto in Afghanistan so I'll put in the transcription once I know for sure what language it is. Thanks for clearing up that it's not Arabic though! I didn't think it really sounded Arabic.

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Joined: 16.02.2016

That's Persian my friend, with an Afghan accent.

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Fantasy wrote:

That's Persian my friend, with an Afghan accent.

Thank you!

Editor
Joined: 16.02.2016

Yes, in Afghanistan they call it Dari, but it's Persian anyway.

Guest

Do you know if the singer does all her songs in Persian? Is there a chance some of her other work may be in Arabic? Not sure how widely spoken the two languages are throughout Afghanistan

Editor
Joined: 16.02.2016

Arabic is not spoken in Afghanistan (less than 3%). Half of Afghanistan population speak Dari (Persian), a third speak Pashto, and some 10% Uzbek and Turkmen. I don't think she would ever sing in Arabic. Why would she?

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Fantasy wrote:

Arabic is not spoken in Afghanistan (less than 3%). Half of Afghanistan population speak Dari (Persian), a third speak Pashto, and some 10% Uzbek and Turkmen. I don't think she would ever sing in Arabic. Why would she?

Ah, good to know! I was under the impression that Arabic was much more common over there.

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Joined: 17.02.2017
isak wrote:

Ah, good to know! I was under the impression that Arabic was much more common over there.

Actually, no, Pashto and Dari are the only two official languages of Afghanistan. I think you're thinking of Iraq, because Iraq's official language is Arabic, but they don't really speak Dari (or Persian) there.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Afghanistan