A pub­lic talk about the lyrics of Brikkuni

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - MUSIC -

On Tues­day, 6 Novem­ber at 6pm, Sephora Fran­calanza is giv­ing a pub­lic talk in Mal­tese on L-Id­joma Brikkuna fil-Lirika ta’ Mario Vella in the Fac­ulty of Arts Li­brary of the Uni­ver­sity of Malta in Tal-Qroqq.

This talk is part of the Oral Tra­di­tion se­ries, which is now in its third year, and is hosted by the De­part­ment of Mal­tese at the Uni­ver­sity. This event is open to ev­ery­one and en­trance is free. This project is sup­ported by the Re­search Grants Pro­gramme of the Uni­ver­sity of Malta and Klabb Kotba Maltin.

The song lyrics of the well-es­tab­lished Mal­tese band Brikkuni are full of pop­u­lar ex­pres­sions. In spite of their seem­ingly com­mon lan­guage, the text toys around, of­ten in rather au­da­cious ways, with pop­u­lar id­ioms and metaphors, sub­vert­ing them and en­gag­ing crit­i­cally with shared thoughts and ex­pe­ri­ences. Brikkuni’s lyrics of­ten of­fer a mis­chievous glance at the Mal­tese peo­ple: their world­view, in­ter­ests, weak­nesses and ob­ses­sions. Mario Vella’s text over­flows both with stan­dard Mal­tese id­ioms and cur­rent un­con­ven­tional ex­pres­sions used by the lo­cals that are not found in books.

In this talk, the speaker will be analysing the Mal­tese id­ioms, or hints thereof, that are found in Brikkuni’s three al­bums, us­ing some ex­am­ples from her B. A. (Honours) dis­ser­ta­tion in Mal­tese, ti­tled Bejn Kanzunetta u Poeżija: Il-Lirika tal-Brikkuni. This study analy­ses the lit­er­ary in Brikkuni’s song lyrics.

Fran­calanza read for a Bach­e­lor of Arts (Honours) in Mal­tese. In 2017 she be­came pres­i­dent of the stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion Għaqda tal-Malti – Univer­sità, which runs projects and or­gan­ises events that pro­mote Mal­tese lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture. She was also gen­eral ed­i­tor of the 37th is­sue of Leħen il-Malti, which is be­ing launched dur­ing this year’s edi­tion of the Malta Book Fes­ti­val. Fran­calanza is cur­rently read­ing for a Master’s de­gree and work­ing in the field of jour­nal­ism.

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