Show notes for the 210th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast.
Tribali – Nanda Devi
Yesterday’s concert by The Prodigy in Malta give me a good excuse (if I needed one) to play a track from last year’s CD The Elephants of Lanka, since Tribali was one of two opening acts for the evening. The other was South Central, which regular listeners of the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast will know are a regular feature on the current tour by The Prodigy across Europe. Marvic Lewis voice is the highlight on this track, which happens to be one of the stronger numbers in the band’s repertoire.
Rita Pace – Forgive Me
At the same time that two generations of ravers were enjoying what is undoubtedly the loudest gig to ever hit the Maltese Islands at Ta’ Qali’s MFCC, pop lovers endured this years slew of songs that made it to the final of the 2010 Malta Hit Song Contest. This festival has found its own niche in the local music scene and the organization seems to get better each year. However, I’m sad to say that the level of songs does a great disservice to some of the excellent singers on the bill. This song by Rita Pace is one noticeable exception, to my ears and very subjective taste. It’s the only one I’d gladly hear again from this year’s crop of drivel. Perhaps singers will learn to be a little more picky in the coming years.
Aaron Benjamin – Stranded
Mercifully, Malta’s pop scene goes beyond song contest and the new song by Aaron Benjamin is testament to this. He has been consistent in his delivery of very radio friendly pop ditties over the past few years that he has graced the local music scene with his presence. Even if pop is not your bag, you’re surely can distinguish between good pop (likle this) and the rest of the rubbish that is presented to us as if it’s god’s gift.
Ethnamorte – Silenzio (Il Cuore della Morte)
This UK-based band qualifies to appear on the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast, from time to time, by virtue of the fact that their guitarist Malcolm El Gool is actually Malta-born Malcolm Callus. They released a CD album in London last month (on April 3) entitled Sombra de um Mundo atras do Vidro, which is Portugese for ‘Shadow of a World behind Glass’. These sounds give today’s podcast half an air of world muzak fusion but I honestly find Ethnamorte’s quirky approach quite mesmerizing.
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