After joining forces and winning Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez 2022, Alvan & Ahez are now set to sing the first Eurovision song completely in the Breton language since 1996. They’ll bring “Fulenn” to the Eurovision 2022 grand final for France – already pre-qualified as a member of the big five.
Scroll down to read the lyrics of “Fulenn”
France in Eurovision 2022: Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn”
Alexis Morvan-Rosius, aka Alvan, is a singer and instrumentalist from Rennes who has been active since 2016. Meanwhile, Ahez are a kan ha diskan vocal trio hailing from Carhaix, which consists of friends Marine Lavigne, Sterenn Diridollou and Sterenn Le Guillou. The three met in a Diwan high school, Breton-teaching institutions, taking their band name Ahez from a regional mythological figure.
This mutual collaboration between the two is extremely recent: the four musicians met in a bar in Rennes literally last summer.
“I met Marine one evening at L’Artiste Assoiffé and she told me about her musical project in Breton. This idea had been floating around in my head for a long time. I even had an ongoing production in my computer,” comments Alvan. “My manager had seen an advertisement for the national selection and told us about it. We thought ‘why not?’, but we didn’t think we’d be selected at all.”
What do the “Fulenn” lyrics mean?
“We do not claim to embody traditional Breton music. For me, tradition is the opposite of purism. It is more the transmission of knowledge, a past that must be anchored in the present. Otherwise, tradition ends up in the museum and dies,” Marine Lavigne from Ahez states. The ensemble quickly gained praise for combining Celtic music with a modern EDM thumping beat.
“Fulenn” is completely sung in Breton, the only Celtic language in mainland Europe, most closely related to those found in the British Isles. The song title translates to “Sparkle” but can also mean “pretty girl”.
The song tells the tale of a woman, untethered and free, who goes dancing under the moonlight in the forest, uncaring of what anyone would think, doing what she wants. It’s a testament of independence: “A feminine shadow twirls in the light of a torch. She dances with the devil, so what?”
“Fulenn” lyrics – Alvan & Ahez (France Eurovision 2022)
Music and lyrics by: Marine Lavigne, Alvan Morvan Rosius
Original Breton text
Tan de’i !
Dispont ‘kreiz an digoadenn e tañs ar fulenn
Fearless in the middle of the clearing dances the spark
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