You’ve probably heard people say that some things get lost in translation. While that may be the case in some situations, that’s certainly not the case for one young men’s singing group.
Have you ever heard of the group Only Boys Aloud?
If you answered no, then you really should take a listen.
Only Boys Aloud perform “You Raise Me Up” in Welsh (Dyrchefir Fi) at the opening concert of the 2012 National Eisteddfod in the Vale of Glamorgan. While the song is most well known by American singer Josh Groban, this group does the song justice and proves that nothing is lost in translation.
Only Boys Aloud is part of the Aloud charity group. It was established in 2012. The goal was to help a number of choral projects that were already up and running across Wales. Only Boys Aloud is one of three main groups that the charity runs, including Only Kids Aloud and Only Boys Aloud Academi.
The group is made up of 240 boys that attend 14 different choirs across Wales. Experienced choral leaders train these boys and help them with their vocal skills. The group accepts boys ages 11 to 19 with all types of musical experience, some with no experience at all.
In the YouTube video of the group’s performance, they deliver a memorable vocal of the song that is dear to so many. As you listen to them harmonize, you realize that they never miss one note and are always on key. That’s a true accomplishment when you’re working with such a large crowd like this.
Even if you can’t understand the language, the melodies are soothing and right on key. That’s a language everyone can understand.
The sentiment that these young men prove that language is no barrier is one that resonates with many people who have heard them. These are just a few comments from listeners:
“I live in America and I listen at least 2 or 3 times a week, cannot understand the language but understand the music through every beautiful voice.”
“While English is the only language I speak, such a beautiful song needs no translation to appreciate that beauty. I never tire of listening to these young men.”
These boys have traveled all around the world performing their beautiful music and show no signs of stopping.
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