Maialen Lujanbio

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Maialen Lujanbio
2017ko Bertsolari Txapelketa Nagusia - BEC - Maialen txapeldun.jpg
winning again in 2017
Born26 November 1976
NationalityBasque
EducationUniversity of the Basque Country
Occupationsinging, competing and writing
Known forbertsolari

Maialen Lujanbio (born 26 November 1976) is a Basque poet and bertsolari winner. She composes this oral poetry in the Basque language and she is the only woman to ever reach her level.[1][2]

Life[edit]

Lujanbio was born in Hernani in 1976. She took an interest in the Basque oral tradition of poetry whilst at secondary school. She attended specialist classes and continued to practise whilst at the University of the Basque Country.[3] She won prizes at the junior and then senior level introducing novel approaches to the poetry discipline. In 1994 she became the Champion of Gipuzkoa.[4]

Maialen Lujanbio's composing a bertso at the 2009 Txapelketa Nagusi.

In 2009, Maialen Lujanbio Zugasti became the first woman to win the championship.[3] In 2013 she was second just after Amets Arzallus and in 2017 she won for the second time the Bertsolari Main Championship.[5]

Solo challenge in 2009[edit]

Maialen, you are a doctor. You're observing two children suffering from cancer organising a wheelchair race in a hospital corridor, to which she composed the following bertso:

Basque English
Zabal-zabalik geratzen zaizkit
nere begi nere aho.
Ospital hontan sartu zirala,
denbora joan da luzaro:
abuztu, irail eta urria
bihurtu zaie azaro,
ta zai-zai daude noiz irtengo edo
noiz aginduko “akabo!”.
Elkarri nola deitzen dioten
“burusoiltxo!”eta “kalbo”,
minbizi duten bi umeeri
begira-begira nago.
Eurengan minak badu indarra,
baina bizitzak gehiago.
Wide open are
My eyes, my mouth.
Since they entered this hospital,
Long time is gone:
August, September and October
transformed for them into November,
And they're eagerly waiting when to go out or
when they're ordered "it's all over!."
As they call each other
"baldy!" and "bald",
at two children with cancer
I'm staring.
Inside them pain is strong,
But live is more so.
Egiten dute irrifar eta
begitan dute dizdira
etsitzen dute nahiz ta lagunak
eta eskola desira.
Denborarako egin zieten
laguntxoei despedida
eta orain biak hemen dabiltza
juerga,salto,buelta, biba...
Tututxo batek lotuta dauzka
oxigenoan harira
baina kontentu ta lasai daude
jolas hoietan argi da
ta maitasuna behar dutenak
euren gurasoak dira.
They do smile and
a spark glows in their eyes,
they are gutted, but yearn
for their friends and school.
They bade farewell
to their little friends for long,
and now both remain here
living, kicking, romping, and hurray...
A small tube ties them
to an oxygen line,
but remain cheerful and calm
playing those games, it's apparent
it is rather their parents
who are in need of love.
Aita ta ama hor ikusten ditut
ta nola ez konprenitu?
Esperantzazko eskatzen dute
arren zerbait zirrikitu.
Euren aurrean negar ein nahi ez
ta barrun ezin kabitu
urruntzen dira umeengandik
ta orduan begiak blaitu.
Nik gurasoei esaten diet
«Jarraitu! Gogor jarraitu!
Zuen umeak indartsu dira
hemen ez da deus amaitu
ze bizitzeko gogoa dunak
bizitzea lortzen baitu
I see father and mother,
how come not understand?
They plead please
for glimmers of hope.
They keep their tears away from the children,
but struggle to hold it,
they move away from the children,
then their eyes burst into tears.
I tell parents,
«Keep it up! No giving up!
Your children are strong,
here nothing is lost,
since they who want to live,
will live.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berria.eus. "Maialen Lujanbio da 2017ko txapelduna". Berria (in Basque). Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ Vasca, EiTB Radio Televisión Pública. "Maialen, bigarrenez". www.eitb.eus (in Basque). Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  3. ^ a b "November 26, 1976: Birth of bertsolari Maialen Lujanbio". Basque Books and More Blog. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  4. ^ "Lujanbio Zugasti, Maialen - Auñamendi Eusko Entziklopedia". aunamendi.eusko-ikaskuntza.eus (in Basque). Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  5. ^ "Maialen Lujanbio, 2017ko txapeldun — Bertsolari Txapelketa Nagusia 2017". www.bertsozale.eus (in Basque). Retrieved 2017-12-18.