Somali voice-over production made simple
As an established Somali voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Somali Voice-Over Service and Somali Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Somali voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Somali voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Somali voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Somali voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Somali 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 Somali voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
A short history of the Somali language
Somali (Af-Soomaali) belongs to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is classified as Lowland East Cushitic, along with Afar and Saho. Somali is the best documented of all the Cushitic languages (with studies going back to the late 19th century), and the only one granted official status in any country.
The influence of Islam has been important in the development of the language; it is estimated that around 20% of Somali vocabulary is derived from Arabic. A number of loanwords were borrowed from English during the colonial period, and trade with the Near East and South Asia has brought in words from Persian, Urdu and Hindi.
An official writing system based on the Latin alphabet was adopted in 1972, and in 1973 the Somali language was designated as the official language of the Somali Democratic Republic. Read more
Which countries have Somali as a national language?
Somali is one of two official languages of Somalia (along with Arabic, which is spoken mostly in the north and in coastal towns). It is also recognised as a minority language in Djibouti and Ethiopia.
How many people speak Somali as their first language?
It is estimated that approximately 16 million people speak Somali as their first language – mainly in Somali (by around 95% of the population), Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen and Kenya. Somali is the second most widely spoken Cushitic language after Oromo.
Did you know…
- Before the Latin script was adopted in 1972, the main way of writing Somali was using an Arabic-based alphabet called Osmanya.
- There are three main Somali dialect groups: Northern (the basis for standard Somali); Benaadir (spoken on the Bedadir coast); and Maay (spoken by the Digil and Mirifle clans of southern Somalia and, although traditionally classified as Somali, largely unintelligible to many Somali speakers).
- As of 2013, Somali is one of the featured languages available on Google Translate.
The Somali economy
Despite ongoing civil unrest, criminal activity and lack of national government, Somalia has a healthy informal economy. This is based on livestock, remittance/money transfer companies (there are no banks) and telecommunications (Somalia has one of the strongest telecommunications sectors in Africa).
A large portion of the population is made up of nomads, who are dependent on livestock for their livelihood. It is estimated that livestock accounts for around 40% of the country’s GDP, and 50% of export earnings.