By heart – The lost language

Can we remember an unknown language? What is our sound memory made of and how does it construct us? Léa Seide remembers a refrain, a few words that sing of her early childhood in her lost mother tongue.

SERIES BY HEART – THE SOUND THAT REMAINS wishes to stimulate reflection and create creations around the sound memories and oral cultures of the world. What words, poems, lullabies, slogans, songs… do we remember by heart? What sounds marked us, that we are able to imitate out loud? Seemingly unimportant, these fragments that we keep deep inside us and know how to recite with our own voice, constitute living archives of what we retain, voluntarily or not, from our world as and above all from that of others.

Extract by heart from this episode: Yalla tnam.



What remains of everything we hear, what don’t we forget? Monica Fantini wishes to multiply our perceptions and listenings of the world and to meet everyone. She collects and records texts or songs learned by heart from people of different languages, backgrounds and ages by evoking the context and the memories they bring to light… Assembled and intertwined, these fragments will also compose sound mosaics memories from the five continents within the framework of sound installations in Europe and Africa.

And you, what do you remember? If you wish to participate and meet Monica Fantini, you can write to this address: [email protected]


Both a radio program broadcast every Sunday in the RFI news bulletin and a participatory platform, “Listen to the world” gives voice to the cultures, languages ​​and imaginations of the world through sounds from Africa, America, Asia, Europe or Oceania. Hundreds of shows to listen to, while the participatory and scalable platform offers sound postcards and recordings. To date, 245 sound recordings are available for free access.