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Isla presents a concoction of sounds, rhythms and melodies paying tribute to Malta’s folklorists and folk poets with archive interviews of Ġuze Cassar Pullicino and Frans Baldacchino “Il-Budaj”. They talk of the blending of song and poetry as well as the the various trends in Malta which have led to the marginalisation of għana as the traditional singing form.


ISLA (Interviews by G. Cassar Pullicino & F. Baldacchino il-Budaj)

Il-vuċi ta' Ġużè Cassar Pullicino misluta minn intervistà ma' Toni Sant (1991).

Ġużè Cassar Pullicino's voice sample is from an interview with Toni Sant (1991).

Voice of Frans Baldacchino interviewed by Manuel Casha in the Manuel Casha “Maltese Folklore Music” project (2003). Courtesy of the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

Leħen Frans Baldacchino minn intervista ma' Manuel Casha mill-proġett “Maltese Folklore Music” (2003). Ħajr lin-National Library of Australia, Canberra.


“Issa jien għalija, l-għana u l-poeżija huma aħwa”
“In my opinion, għana and poetry are siblings”
Frans Baldacchino “Il-Budaj”


from Maddalena's Marvellous Tripfolk Klabb, released November 15, 2016
Andrej Vujicic: katuba, typewriter, cajón, keys
Francesca Grima: footwork on wood
Oliver Degabriele: double bass, keys
Andrew Alamango: electr. guitar
Alison Galea: keys



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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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