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Happy This Christmas

* Vote for the Top 2011 Music Releases in Malta – poll open until 1 January 2012.

Show notes for the 281st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring Christmas music by performers from or in Malta:

Andrew ZammitPaci fl-Art
This song was actually released last year but it reached me before I started producing the final podcast for 2010, aside from the fact that I didn’t really do a Christmas special last year. Anyway, this sees Andrew at the peak of his creative powers with an adult oriented rock song from the festive season complete with non-cheesy Maltese lyrics. He is fast becoming the most prolific non-household-name musician in Malta.

Ludwig Galea & ChiaraĦelu Bambin
Andrew Zammit has written the music for this new Maltese Christmas song with lyrics by Fr George Ocar Buttigieg. The video, produced by Angie Laus from shots by Charles Ahar, makes it a very special release this yuletide, particularly as it features two of the most widely loved Maltese pop singers, Chiara and Ludwig Galea. Members of the Maltese community club in Melbourne are certainly looking forward to the upcoming show they’re planning to deliver in Australia along with John Gee’s country stylings. I’m sure this will be one of the songs they sing on that occasion.

Divine SinnersAnother Lonely Christmas
No everyone has the same perspective on Christmas, of course. The rest of this podcast presents alternative viewpoints rather than the conventional religious or celebratory songs. The first of these comes from the wry Gozitan duo that has captured the public imagination of the cognoscenti this year. This song was actually recorded/released a couple of years ago but only really came to my attention this year. The accompanying video explains where it comes from and what it’s really all about.

Kyle PaceNinġabru il-Bus Stop
Few Maltese songs ever really capture the zeitgeist of the country. Norm Rejection’s Malta Not For Sale and Marmalja’s Uniformi Blu are obvious exceptions. So I was quite thrilled to hear this little ditty based on Adeste Fideles from someone who is virtually unknown except to his friends. The Arriva fiasco in Malta is undoubtedly one of the most omnipresent 2011 topics of discussion, along with divorce, across the Maltese islands.
Sadly, the very entertaining YouTube video that accompanied this song on its release a few days ago has been removed from public view, but hopefully we’ll be able to archive it in the M3P repository in good time.

Joe DemicoliSanta Klaws Mhux Riesaq Lil Hawn
The undisputed king of humorous and satirical songs in Maltese released no fewer than five Christmas songs on his 2008/09 CD album Assedju3. He performed this on the Christmas edition of Xarabank when the CD was issued and you can see that performance on this YouTube video clip right here. It hasn’t dated much, as yet, but I’m sure it will in good time…and that will make it even more delicious than a generous slice of Christmas log covered in dark chocolate and dripping in seasonal spirits.

The next MMI podcast will appear on Saturday 7th January 2012 and it will feature the top picks by my listeners and others voting on Facebook for the favourite 2011 Maltese music releases. Until then, over the coming days we will once again be releasing Ġorġ Mifsud-Chircop’s special christmas editions of his Tisqifa għall-Għana Tagħna featuring Karmnu Debono l-Pikipakk (from Birkirkara) and Frans Mifsud ta’ Żaren ta’ Vestru (from Żejtun).

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