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A play on traditional rhymes, children’s games and tongue twisters, the song captures ethnic and Mediterranean grooves whilst rhythmically playing with the language. Combining footwork with gypsy sounding guitars, Tuta Tajba presents a creative use of rhymes in Maltese which combine to form a dancy and energetic tune.

lyrics

TUTA TAJBA (Lyrics: Trad.)

Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin
Kemm inħobbu 'l San Martin
Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin
Kemm inħobbu 'l San Martin

Dari rari tara re
Tara lira tara re
Dari rari tara re
Tara lira tara re

Titjiriet tat-tadam
Titjiriet tat-tadam, tadam
Titjiriet tat-tadam
Titjiriet tat-tadam

Toni tagħna tagħni tina
Talli tajtu tuta tajba
Toni tgħana tagħni tina
Talli tajtu tuta tajba

Talli tajtu tuta tajba
Toni tagħna tagħni tina
Talli tajtu tuta tajba
Toni tagħna tagħni tina

Ġewż, lewż qastan, tin
Kemm inħobbu 'l San Martin
Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin
Kemm inħobbu 'l San Martin

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“Toni tagħna tagħni tina, talli tajtu tuta tajba!”
“Our Toni gave me a fig for a mulberry I gave him!”

credits

from Maddalena's Marvellous Tripfolk Klabb, released November 15, 2016
Alison Galea: voice, electr. guitar
Andrew Alamango: electr. guitar, oud, backing vocals, clicks
Walter Vella: tenor sax
Oliver Degabriele: electr. bass, backing vocals
Andrej Vujicic: katuba, shakers, backing vocals
Francesca Grima: footwork on wood & pastizzi tray

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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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