Firinga is the name of the violent cyclone that crossed Reunion Island in 1989. It is also the new album of the artist Brice Guilbert published on the label Les Lianes released in December 2015. Sung in Creole from Reunion Island, the album borrows the way of a maloya folk music composed of acoustic guitars and texts mixing the themes of family and love in a whirlwind of musical nostalgia.
Firinga est le nom d’un violent cyclone qui traverse l’Ile de la Réunion en 1989. C’est aussi le nouvel album de l’artiste Brice Guilbert sorti sur le label Les Lianes en décembre 2015. Chanté en créole réunionnais, l’album emprunte la voie d’une musique folk maloya composée de guitares acoustiques et de textes mêlant les thèmes de la famille et de l’amour dans un tourbillon de nostalgie musicale.
Brice Guilbert grew up on Reunion Island in the town of Saint-Joseph. He studied drawing at the École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de la Cambre, Brussels (1997-2003) and was a drawing assistant at the same school from 2005 to 2011.
In 2005, he published an album of songs with Polydor. In 2008, he produced a second album entitled En silence. His third album Feitsong was released in 2012. He particularly looks back on his origins with the release of the album Firinga2 in 2015 and Ti Robinson in 2019 sung in Reunionese Creole.
Since 2012, he has been exhibiting paintings and drawings often related to music.3,4 He has been painting erupting volcanoes since 2016.