“Negua joan da ta” (Because winter’s gone) is a song on the 2010 album Era by the Bilbao band Zea Mays.
An accompanying video was made, featuring educational psychologist Ainhoa Moiua interpreting the song in sign-language. And this simple but moving video helped transform an already arresting song into somewhat of an internet sensation, certainly bearing mind that it’s in Basque. It reached number 1 at Myspace during the first two months after its release, and subsequently enjoyed more than 600,000 views on YouTube. Check out this great song and wonderful video here:
See the lyrics here (with the usual apologies for my own translation!):
As the lyrics suggest, this is a song about hope and looking toward the future via the metaphor of the winter snows receding to herald the oncoming of spring; in short, a feel-good, positive tune.
And here’s another version of the song, performed live (it’s so good, why not watch and listen a second time?):
If you’re interested in Basque popular music, check out Basque Songwriting: Pop, Rock, Folk, by Jon Eskisabel Urtuzaga. It’s available free to download here, courtesy of the Etxepare Basque Institute.