Greek is used in all languages of the world. This ancient Spanish from an Argentinian musical group called Apurimac, featuring Greek singer Elli Paspala, is living proof that there are indeed thousands of Greek words in every language.
Apurimac created this song, titled “My last tango in Athens” in which almost the lyrics are in Greek language, in 2012.
Only the refrain of the song, which could be translated as follows, is in Spanish: “This is my last tango in Athens. A painful tango runs through my veins. This is my last tango in Athens.
The Greek language now has its own World Day, which is celebrated every year on February 9, a day that also honors the memory of the Greek national poet Dionysios Solomos, who wrote the Greek national anthem “Ode to Freedom”.
17,000 Greek words in Spanish
Argentinian composer Daniel Armando said in an interview with the radio show “Ellinofrenia” that he received the inspiration to write the song during a trip to Cuba after walking into a bookstore and finding a book titled “17,000 Greek Words in Spanish.”
Apurimac, which in the indigenous Quechua language of South America means “God of Speech”, was formed in 1983, and a number of their songs use Greek lyrics.
They collaborated in 2000 with Vassilis Papakonstantinou, George Dalaras and others to produce a CD for the organization Médecins sans frontières titled “No Borders”.
Greek language day
It is a celebration that seeks to highlight the fundamental role of the Greek language and its defining contribution in the development and establishment of European and global literacy and culture.
It remains to this day a language that greatly enriches international scientific discourse; more than any other, it is the language that has developed, shaped, and expressed most scientific theories, philosophical thought, and literature in nearly every modern language of the Western world.