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Written by Norbert Bugeja for *etnika in 2005, Rummiena recalls the cabaret life and dance halls which prevailed in Valletta until a few decades ago. With reference to the red pomegranate, the song was first performed in *etnika’s “Żażu Klabb” concert in 2005 which had the theme of Valletta as a city port filled with stories of love and visiting sailors.

lyrics

RUMMIENA (Lyrics: N.Bugeja)

Rummiena tħammar fuq dan ix-xefaq
Tal-purtieri miftuħin fil-kabaret
Xuftejha ħomor bħal tazza nbid
Naf li jiena 'l din ir-rummiena rrid.

F'idejha t-tnejn idur qed nistħajjilha
Dir-rummiena tħoll il-ħwienet ta' filgħaxijiet.

Frotta tal-Belt fis-City Bar
Żibeġ ileqqu taħt id-dwal
Aħmar il-lejl fis-City Bar
Din ir-rummiena taħraq nar.

Rummiena nduqek waħdi
Ma ġenb il-baħar
Imma l-ħmura ta' xuftejha
Għadni ma doqtiex
Imma l-ħmura ta' xuftejha
Għadni ma doqtiex.

Frotta tal-Belt fis-City Bar
Żibeġ ileqqu taħt id-dwal
Aħmar il-lejl fis-City Bar
Din ir-rummiena taħraq nar.

Rummiena nduqek waħdi
Ma ġenb il-baħar
Imma l-ħmura ta' xuftejha
Għadni ma doqtiex
Imma l-ħmura ta' xuftejha
Għadni ma doqtiex.

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Oh pomegranate, who reddens horizons,
And the curtains of a cabaret,

Red are her lips, as a glass of wine,
This pomegranate, I know it’s her i want.

Twirling i see her, in both my hands,
This pomegranate, unbridles the bars at night.

Fruit of the city in the “City Bar”
Shimmering sequins in the light
Red is the night in the “City Bar”
This pomegranate, is on fire.

Oh pomegranate I’ll savour you alone
By the sea
Though as yet I’ve not tasted,
the redness of her lips.

credits

from Maddalena's Marvellous Tripfolk Klabb, released November 15, 2016
Alison Galea: voice, electr. guitar
Andrew Alamango: electr. guitar, vocals
Walter Vella: tenor sax
Oliver Degabriele: double bass, keys
Andrej Vujicic: bijambo, katuba

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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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