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*etnika's latest single ‘LURA’, a song in Maltese written and produced in quarantine between Malta and Spain. A home-recorded love song filled with longing for a time when we will meet and be together again. The song was inspired by traditional għana guitar melodies and traditional poetry, and also features original lyrics by Alison Galea(Beangrowers)

The video features local super 8 footage from the home collections found in the Magna Żmien archive. Etnika has developed its own signature style blending traditional aspects of the culture with contemporary instruments and composition. The essence of the song is nostalgic and yearning, with an optimism and hope to a return for a life.

Watch the video for "Lura" here : youtu.be/akleyr0cSSM

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Qalbi u qalbek xorta waħda
B’żigarella marbutin
Leħni għadu irid ijgħanni
Sabiex nibqgħu qrib xulxin

Nohlom ħolma b’arja sħuna
Fil-kenn ta’ siġra ta’ ċ-Ċiprisk
Nitgħaxxqu lkoll bin-nida fuqna
Lura f’għajnejk jiena ħarist

Nerġgħu niltaqgħu flimkien
Nersqu ‘l quddiem int u jien

Qed tinħabb mill-bogħod
Qegħdin hawn tinsiex (int u jien)
Ngħannilek bil-mod
Inti taf x’nixtieq

F’di’ l-ħemda ta’ filgħaxija
Xejn ma jtini ‘ktar pjaċir
Ħlief li nara d-dawl ta’ wiċċek
Il-ħajja tibda mill-ġdid



My heart and yours are one and the same
Tied with a ribbon
My voice still wants to sing
To keep us close to each other
I dream a dream of warm air
Sheltered by a nectarine tree
Both of us enjoying the dew on us
I looked back into your eyes

We’ll meet again together
Moving forward you and I

You’re being loved from afar
Don’t forget we’re still here (you and I)
I’ll sing to you slowly
You know what I wish for

In the stillness of the evening
Nothing gives me more pleasure
Than seeing the light of your face
Life begins again.


released May 10, 2020
Alison Galea - Vocals
Andrew Alamango - Guitars,
Walter Vella - Flute & alto flute, tenor sax
Oliver Degabriele - Double & electric bass, synths
Andrej Vujicic - Percussion, drum programming & synths
Francesca Grima - Castanets

Lyrics - Alison Galea/Trad.
Arranged mixed and mastered by Andrej Vujicic, Oliver Degabriele & Pablo Prada

The video footage was sourced from the Magna Żmien collection.
Video production and editing Andrej Vujicic


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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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