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That’s Why God Made The Radio

Show notes for the 300th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

BustamentoGħamillu Karta
Taken from the album Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim Islands (released on 14 May 2012), this Nicky Bomba ska cover of one of Malta’s most popular traditional songs shows clearly what great fun can be had by playing around with old stuff that has stood the test of time. If only more Maltese musicians would follow suit. You could argue that Bomba is so good at this because he is Maltese-Australian rather than straight up Maltese, but I think that would be rather short sighted. Meanwhile, here’s Nicky Bomba live at The Gathering 2, filmed at Zion in Malta on 3 June 2012.

Ivory CrossBurning Alive
It gives me great pleasure to be able to include this song by one of Malta’s best loved metal bands from the 1980s. Mario Ellul directed the video you see here (which is sadly out of sync in this version) for the TVM series Mill-Garaxx, which I produced and presented in 1989. it’s quite a shame that this material is no longer in the TVM archives. Truth be told, many such cultural treasures have been lost due to the fact that the national broadcasting corporation of Malta has never had a comprehensive archiving policy. Thanks to fans recording this sort of thing off air onto VHS tapes, some of this stuff has survived, now for over 20 years. This particular song happens to be one of my favourites from that series.

The BreezesŻernieq Malti
During last year’s M3P annual conference, Claire Tonna (and Justin Galea) performed a couple of songs written by this duo back in the mid-1980s. He father, Brian, happens to be the accordion player for this other duo along with singer/guitarist Miriam Haber Endrich. This song is taken from their 1987 debut album called Victoria. They are still active on the local scene with the group Iskay, and I’m hoping to play something else by them in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Andrew Tonna for marking this rare recording available to me.

Nicol CaruanaGħamillu Karta
The version of Lanċa Ġejja u Oħra Sejra that opens this podcast knows its roots in this version by Nicky Bomba’s father. This is from an album called Nicol Caruana that was recorded and released in Australia in 2007, when Nicol was 70 years old. I am particularly amused by the altered lyrics and the added verses to the traditional version of the song that I grew up singing as a child back in the 1970s.

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