Show notes for the 232nd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:
South Central – Demons
Following on from months of touring with The Prodigy and others, including two summer show’s in Malta, our native sons’ live electronica duo release a single that not only features one of the most memorable tracks from their live shows but also make the same track available for anyone to remix through an iPhone app called Fireplayer. A full-length album will follow soon.
Rumbull feat. Simply Ill- Lordz of War
Rap and hip hop in Malta have grown very popular over the last couple of decades. More recently we’ve also seen a considerable number of local acts in this genre. Some are better than others, of course, and the ones that stand out are usually ones that recognize that Maltese rappers are best off making rhymes about things that Maltese fans can really identify with. A smaller number of acts collaborate with others from overseas, and Rumbull’s work with Simply Ill clearly falls in this category.
Dimal – I C U Like Me
Dimal has been featured on the MMI series of podcasts several times. To my ears, he seems to be turning himself into more of a radio-friendly recording artist than the cutting edge dance floor magnet he proved himself to be when he made his first splash on the Maltese music scene. To my ears, his latest song has him extending his repertoire in a way that may very well help him reach an even broader audience.
Francesca Borg – Sejħulna
This young Gozitan singer has one of the most outstanding voices of her generation. This song by Jason Cassar is one of the best things I’ve ever heard her sing, but to be quite honest I think she’s still to sing the song that will make her standout with the Maltese public the way she truly deserves. When that happens, remember you heard it here first.
Luisana Bartolo – Kif Jista’ Jkun?
On the local music scene, Luisana will forever live in the shadow of her sadly departed father, Sammy Bartolo. The fact that he was one of the most wonderful Maltese pop singers of the 1970s and 80s, makes him a very hard act to follow. However, if you ever listen to Luisana’s voice carefully, you’ll immediately realize that she is a gorgeous talent in her own right. Just as Nathalie Cole has done (more famously) before her, she obviously needs to go through this phase of full identification with her legendary father, but once she finds her own voice she’ll really make her father proud because, just like him, she has a voice that stands out in the crowd.
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