Somali voice-over agency
Somali voice-over production made simple
We have a good selection of the very best Somali voice-over talent available, and you’ll find our voice costs and studio rates to be less than many other agencies offering exactly the same service. And we’ll make sure the chosen Somali voice artist gives you the very best rate for the job, and we’ll negotiate down on repeat fees and broadcast rates on your behalf.
We can record wild, or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back via FTP. When required, we can also re-mix your new Somali voice-over recording with the existing music and effects track, and send you a fully mixed video soundtrack.
To check the availability of our Somali voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the Quick Quote form below, and we’ll respond within the hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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Somali subtitling and voice-over service for “Solving Somalia” documentary
It was very important to the client that the Somali video translation was of the highest standard. Originally they had intended to employ a separate subtitling company and voice-over agency. As a full service audio-visual translation company, Matinée were trusted with both the Somali subtitling and Somali voice-over services. We were responsible for transcribing the English audio, supplying the Somali translations (for both voice-over and subtitle use), and finally for syncing the voice-over and subtitles to video.
We also produced a video translation in French for both European and African markets.
Select a voice-over language
Choose English read in a foreign accent
Select a subtitle language
A short history of the Somali language
The influence of Islam has been important in the development of the language; it is estimated that around 20% of Somali vocabulary is derived from Arabic. A number of loanwords were borrowed from English during the colonial period, and trade with the Near East and South Asia has brought in words from Persian, Urdu and Hindi.
An official writing system based on the Latin alphabet was adopted in 1972, and in 1973 the Somali language was designated as the official language of the Somali Democratic Republic.
Somali is one of two official languages of Somalia (along with Arabic, which is spoken mostly in the north and in coastal towns). It is also recognised as a minority language in Djibouti and Ethiopia.
How many people speak Somali as their first language?
It is estimated that approximately 16 million people speak Somali as their first language – mainly in Somali (by around 95% of the population), Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen and Kenya. Somali is the second most widely spoken Cushitic language after Oromo.
Did you know…
- Before the Latin script was adopted in 1972, the main way of writing Somali was using an Arabic-based alphabet called Osmanya.
- There are three main Somali dialect groups: Northern (the basis for standard Somali); Benaadir (spoken on the Bedadir coast); and Maay (spoken by the Digil and Mirifle clans of southern Somalia and, although traditionally classified as Somali, largely unintelligible to many Somali speakers).
- As of 2013, Somali is one of the featured languages available on Google Translate.
Despite ongoing civil unrest, criminal activity and lack of national government, Somalia has a healthy informal economy. This is based on livestock, remittance/money transfer companies (there are no banks) and telecommunications (Somalia has one of the strongest telecommunications sectors in Africa).
A large portion of the population is made up of nomads, who are dependent on livestock for their livelihood. It is estimated that livestock accounts for around 40% of the country’s GDP, and 50% of export earnings.
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