You & I

Show notes for the 268th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Kristina CasolaniI Need You
This new dance track not only features the delightful voice of one of Malta’s most credible pop singers but also a collaboration between live electonica veterans Matt from U-Bahn and DJ Ruby. I expect this song to make the rounds for the rest of the long summer in the Maltese islands, and I would be surprised if it doesn’t feature prominently at the end of year award shows.

Francesca BorgHeaven Awaits
Ever since I first heard Francesca sing a few years ago, I knew I wanted to hear mor from her. It’s not easy for relatively unknown  singers like her to find good songwriters who are willing give her their best new songs. Marco Debono and Rita Pace have written a song that wouldn’t be out of place in many dance clubs across Europe. It’s a good showcase for this Gozitan singer but I sincerely hope that more good songs come her way in the coming years.

Petra ZammitForget My Name
Placing second in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest 2011 must have been a bitter sweet experience for one of Malta’s most distinctive new singers.  This is the second major local festival where she placed second in less than a full year; the other was the last edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Heathcliff Balzan and Natasha Turner have written a song that fits Petra’s repertoire beautifully. Hopefully her next song contest features an even stronger song or at least one which can get her grab the top prize in the show.

Floren SultanaThank You
The Malta Summer Hit Song Contest 2011 featured some of Malta’s best up-and-coming singers. Show producers Deo Grech and Natius Farrugia should be wholeheartedly congratulated for making this possible. One of the most impressive voices that I’ve only ever heard through this contest is that of Floren Sultana. I was hoping to hear a recording from her band Chordust but that hasn’t arrived yet. meanwhile Elton Zarb and Rita Pace have written this song for her and she does quite a good job of it.

Lawrence GrayThank You For Loving Me
One of Malta’s most distinctive pop voices in the last decade or so returns with a self-penned love song showing that he hasn’t gone away even if perhaps he is no longer as prominent on the local scene as he was just a few years ago. His numerous fans will most certainly like this new offering, while those of us who appreciate his mighty voice hope he goes on maturing in his songwriting and maybe even collaborating with other musicians who can make the best of his full dynamic vocal range and the rich tone that makes his every note so distinctive.

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