Ma Bouaîs'sie

by Badlabecques

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Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have commissioned Badlabecques to record a song with students from Le Rocquier School, to celebrate the new aviary at Le Don Paton, near Sorel Point, on Jersey’s north coast.

The aviary is part of the ‘Birds On The Edge’ project, which is a collaboration between Durrell, The National Trust for Jersey, and the States of Jersey Department of Environment, supporting the active management of Jersey’s coastland to restore habitats and bring back the red-billed chough to the Island.

The song itself is based on a 1934 Jèrriais poem by Frank Le Maistre, which was set to music by Norman French band Magène and adapted by Badlabecques with the help of local poet Geraint Jennings. Titled “Ma Bouaîs’sie” (My Wood) it evokes walking through Egypt Woods in Trinity and hearing all the birds singing together.

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J'connais l'bouvtheu et la rouoge-gorge,
Et touos les mêles mé sûffl'yent beinv'nue,
La grive, lé vèrdreu et l'mouosson.
Et l'rossîngno (tch'est un pînchon).

I'y'a étout lé rouoge linnot,
Lé pique-en-bouais et l'vèrmîngnon,
Lé p'tit raîté - eune vraie dgilouette -
Et la mîngnonne dé cardrinnette.

Dans ma bouaîs'sie j'sis bein èrchu,
Ch'est si pliaîthant d'ouï la musique -
Tout l'ouaîthelîn chante à forte vouaix
A londgeu d'jours parmi les bouais.

J'voudrêmes èrvaie la bouonne caûvette;
J'voudrêmes èrouï étout l'alouette,
Auve sa couôthinne, l'alouette dé mielle,
Par nos falaises rotcheuses et belles.

Pis y'a la d'mouaîselle du Ouaisné,
Lé poffîn épis l'cormouothan;
Y'a l'êteurcélet des mathais,
La rouoge-coue et lé p'tit jaûnouais.

Dans ma bouaîs'sie j'sis bein èrchu,
Ch'est si pliaîthant d'ouï la musique -
Tout l'ouaîthelîn chante à forte vouaix
A londgeu d'jours parmi les bouais.

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released April 4, 2013
Recorded and mixed at Le Rocquier School, Jersey, featuring students from year 8.

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Badlabecques are a pop-folk band from Jersey, Channel Islands, who sing in the endangered language of Jèrriais.

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