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Somali voice-over agency

Somali voice-over and subtitling agency
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Somali voice-over production made simple

As an established Somali voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Somali Voice-Over Service and Somali Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Somali voice talent, at a price you can afford.

Whether you are looking for Somali voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Somali voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Somali voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Somali audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.

Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Somali voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.

Voice-over selection and quotation in just three easy steps

1.   browse the voice-over demos below and click PLAY to audition each casting sample
2.   choose the voice(s) you like and click ADD to your Quick Quote, or DOWNLOAD a copy
3.   complete the Quick Quote and we’ll check availability and costs, with a response in just 1 hour

Somali subtitling and voice-over service for “Solving Somalia” documentary

“Solving Somalia” is an award winning documentary produced by Breakthrough Media.  Breakthrough Media are renowned for going beyond the borders to produce documentaries showing the vibrancy and optimism of modern-day Somalia.

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.

A short history of the Somali language

Somali voiceover talent agencySomali (Af-Soomaali) belongs to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is classified as Lowland East Cushitic, along with Afar and Saho. Somali is the best documented of all the Cushitic languages (with studies going back to the late 19th century), and the only one granted official status in any country.

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. Read more


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