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Swahili voice-over agency

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

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

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

Swahili voice-over recording for Medical Aid Films

Medical Aid Films required a Swahili voice-over agency to cast and record two Swahili voice-over artists for a series of educational videos.

Matinée Multilingual were selected to produce the project because they were able to offer a higher quality of Swahili voice talent than other voice-over agencies.  This project was challenging because the translations supplied by the client didn’t match exactly with the English voice-over timings.  This meant we had to stretch the video in places to allow the Swahili voice-over to fit. The voice-over was then mixed with the original music and fx track, and the final video encoded in multiple formats.

We’ve worked with MAF on a number of projects and have also delivered French and Somali voice-over services.


A short history of the Swahili language

Swahili voiceover talent agencySwahili (or Kiswahili) belongs to the Bantu sub-group of the Atlantic-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages. It is spoken widely in East and Central Africa.

The spread of the language along the Swahili Coast is believed to date back to at least the 6th century. The earliest written examples of Swahili are thought to be some letters sent from the Kilwa region to the Portuguese in Mozambique in 1711. The epic Swahili poem, ‘Utendi wa Tambuka’ (history of Tambuka), dates back to 1728 and is written using the Arabic script.

Swahili has been greatly influenced by Arabic from centuries of trade and settlement along the east coast of Africa. It is estimated that around 35% of Swahili vocabulary derives from Arabic. Colonisation by, and trade with, other countries has also had an impact on the development of Swahili, with words borrowed from English, German, French and Hindi.

When Germany colonised present-day Tanzania in 1886, Swahili was designated as the official administrative language, and this policy was later adopted by Britain throughout its East African colonies. The standard version of Swahili was established in 1928, based on the Zanzibar dialect. Read more


So… you’ve been given a quote for voice-over, and it includes costs for cleaning and editing the audio.
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