Summer Day

Show notes for the 217th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers in or from Malta:

Manwel T feat. Mind’s Eye Dub – Umtha Welanga (Vuvuzelas Mix)
Following on from last week’s nod at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on the MMI podcast, this week I’m opening the show with the sound that is dominating this summer: the vuvuzelas. Life millions of others, at first I found the sound of these plastic horns to be very obnoxious but like so many people around the world I have grown accustomed to it. It has undoubtedly become the sound of this World Cup. I honestly doubt that they’ll still be all that within four years time, cause these things then to come and go as fads. Still, whenever I hear that sound again, I will be brought back to this lovely summer and the international tournament for the beautiful game.

StalkoLady Laundry
I first heard of this band several months ago when they played a gig in Valletta, which I was unable to attend. A video clip shot by one of their friends/fans on what seems to me like a mobile phone has made me want to get my hands on a decent recording by this trio. Tim Ellis, Mike Stivala and Chris Cini have recorded some of their songs in a proper studio just recently and they’ve now released Lady Laundry through their MySpace page. I’m sure that many MMI podcast listeners will like what they hear just as much as I do.

Marilyn MifsudWhere My Head’s Been (acoustic version)
Marilyn is one of the hardest working singers in Malta and yet she is not a household name like so many of the wannabes that are paraded on the pop scene through one of the annual misguided song contests that take place in the Maltese Islands. Her debut single come to my attention in a new acoustic version a few days ago and I thought it would be a good track to include on this week’s podcast.

AngelcryptDepopulate
Few Maltese metal bands have been around since 1997. Angelcrypt has, even though they have gone through several personnel changes. The current line-up has now released a single to capture the sound of the new formation. Some of their old fans may prefer the way their sounded on one of their previous albums, but I have a feeling that they won’t be too disappointed with the new single. Longevity is a quality I appreciate greatly in bands, especially when they believe they still have something to give their audience. Just for their longevity, Anglecrypt probably deserve a greater following than they actually have in the Maltese islands and this new single will certainly help them reach new followers locally and abroad.

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