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nicksansone wrote: »
I've heard the story that when he recorded My Sweet, he was supposed to ask Vola if he wanted a solo and messed it up, so there are 2 takes of that tune. Both tracks are certainly different speakers, and though it's not a significant point of your very thorough and well written article, I wonder is that Django speaking?
The English pronunciation of Django is close to the Romanes word (though still not quite). In French, however, the name Django is pronounced differently. More importantly, Django pronounces his name the French way; listen to him distinctly call out his own name in a recording titled Festival Swing 41 (Paris 25/12/1940). I have personally never heard a Sinto pronounce Django’s name in the Romanes way for I awake. This, of course, is not proof enough.
4) Do we know at what point Django's family began speaking French? Is it possible that he and his brother grew up much like you and your brother, in a family in which elders/parent(s) spoke a foreign language which the children could understand, but usually chose to respond to in the "new" language? This seems to be a common pattern among many new immigrants.