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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Sunshine Reggae

This weekend Scarborough's South Bay Beach was the busiest I've ever seen it. People from close and far flocked in for Beached: The East Coast's Biggest Free Live Music Event. It's not quite like Glastonbury but it's still not bad for a beach town that's practically deserted most of the rest of the year. This year the festival opened with an evening concert by The West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra before two full days of music from all sorts of rock bands.

I caught a couple of acts last night and another hour's worth this afternoon. The slew of struggling bands on this weekend's line-up reminded me of my days in similar bands back in the 1980s. The beach concert atmosphere brought back memories of the Swatch beach parties we used to organize down at Malta's Għadira Bay about fifteen years ago. I don't long for those days from ages past, but what I saw in Scarborough this weekend didn't have half the verve I remember from those days. Perhaps this is just cool Britannia's way.

Serendipitously, so to speak, I came across Manwel Tabone's Reggae Club website today. I remember Manwel since way back when he started producing Reggae Club with Claudette Pace (yes, that Claudette) on Radio Malta 2 around the same time of the other music episodes I mentioned earlier. It's quite a blast from the past for me to hear some of his radio shows again. In some ways it's like finding an old t-shirt you no longer even remembered you still had in some dark closet. However, I must say he's doing an impressive job webcasting his longstanding radio show through his own website. Well, at least it's a much better job that PBS (Malta) has been doing in coming to terms with a media scene that includes the Internet. I recommend a peek at Manwel's Reggae Club website even if you're not into Reggae, just to see how in tune with the reggae world Manwel is.

I'd also like to cast the same kind of enthusiastic nod towards the blues interlude from MaltaGirl and Antonio Olivari D'Emanuele (the blogger formerly known as Archibald). Antonio blogged about it quite nicely; these two bloggers have added yet another few megabytes worth of audio to the Maltese blogosphere.

The sonic percolator keeps bubbling ever slightly louder. I can't wait to taste the fruit of the first full-blown Maltese brew. I've been saying that I want to get into all this for some time now. This evening I see that I must (and will) do something about that.

Blogger Arcibald said...

Thanks for mentioning me and my blog Toni - you must be the first who wrote the whole name and surname without any spelling mistakes :) 

7:40 PM, August 22, 2005

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