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A traditional and popular tune with its origins in southern Italy, Lanċa is a comical song referring to the historical ferry running between Sliema and Valletta and of its captain who is is not seaworthy and should retire.

This hugely popular song is given a new cheeky twist and relevance in line with *etnika’s tripfolk style.

lyrics

LANĊA (Lyrics: Trad)

Lanċa ġejja w oħra sejra
Minn tas-Sliema għall-Marsamxett
Il-kaptan bil-pipa f'ħalqu
Jidderieġi l-bastiment.

Għamillu karta
Għamillu karta
Għamillu karta
Għal tax-xjuħ.

Sewwa sewwa f'nofs ta' baħar
Il-kaptan ħassu ħazin
Ma kellux min idur miegħu
Daru miegħu l-baħrin.

Għamillu karta
Għamillu karta
Għamillu karta
Għal tax-xjuħ.

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One ferry coming, another is going
from Sliema to Marsamxett.
With a pipe in his mouth,
the captain Is steering the vessel.

Write him off
Write him off
Just write him off
To an old people’s home.

All but when, amidst the seas
The captain felt unwell
With nobody to see to him
The sailors had to do.

Write him off
Write him off
Just write him off
To an old people’s home.

credits

from Maddalena's Marvellous Tripfolk Klabb, released November 15, 2016
Alison Galea: voice, keys
Andrej Vujicic: voice, bijambo, tambur, katuba, żafżafa
Andrew Alamango: guitars, żummara, tambur
Walter Vella: baritone sax
Oliver Degabriele: electr. bass, bass synth

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*etnika malta

An unlikely mix of artists, characters and instruments, *etnika's sound layers enchanting melancholy with traditional tunes & lyrics over effected guitars, retro-futuristic synths, unconventional percussion and footwork, deep, groovy bass, raspy sax, haunting whispery vocals and old Maltese instruments.

Expect a few detours, expect the unexpected, this 'tripfolk' band has a big heart.
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