Singer-songwriter Aino Venna has so far released tracks in English and French, but here comes one in Finnish.
What we have here is a Finnish version of George Gershwin’s aria Summertime, from the American opera Porgy and Bess, first performed in 1935. It’s been recorded many times over, but one of the most famous ones is the one by Billie Holiday, which reached no. 12 on the American charts in 1936.
The version by Aino isn’t simply a translation, but a adaptation. First of all it’s called Kesäyö, which means “summer night”, and there are no “good-looking mama’s” or “babies to be hushed” in this version, but there are “fragrances in abundance” and “dew which gives pearls to the rose petals”. In other words, it’s made with the nightless summer night of Finland in mind. A warm one, which we haven’t seen too many of this summer - yet.
The video is made up by private material from several contributors that all get thanked at the end of the music video.