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Show notes for the 334th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Ħolma Qattusa feat. KukkanjaL-Għabex u l-Għaliex
Ħolma Qattusa feat. YewsRaqda Twila
It’s not usual that I play two tracks in a row by the same act. This is one exception when I certainly don’t mind doing just that. I’m equally intrigued by Martha Vassallo and Yews, and I’m really glad Kukkanja has collaborated with Antoine Vella. If this is really generation hope I want to get as much of it as possible. Thank you.

Jon Lukas WoodenmanBad News
The legend is back. Not that he ever really went away, at least not in the last twenty odd years or so. A few days ago, my friend Lito did a radio special featuring this veteran Maltese performer and invited me, Mike Bugeja and Noel D’Anastas to write little notes of appreciation. And we did. How can you not appreciate a man who writes and sings a song like this after all he’s been through. It’s rare that bad news is good news, but this is one of those exceptions.

Ira Losco feat. David LeguesseThe Person I Am
Ira Losco’s new album is called Fire. What I’d Give was the first single off it. The video for that was quite good. This second song is better than the video for it, even if this video has some good moments too. The best thing about this song is undoubtedly Dizzy David Leguesse, who gives it the edge that makes it stand out as the sort of thing that could be played on any radio station around the world featuring all the latest chart hits.

Charles Babyface CurmiIl-Bajja tal-Mellieħa
During my visit to Australia earlier this year, one person I failed to meet with was Charles Babyface Curmi. He was quite unwell, and although it would have been good to meet him, his work is exceptionally well documented as he was one of the prime organizers of shows by popular Maltese artists in Australia over the past three or four decades. He was also a well-loved entertainer in his own right among the die hard Maltese communities down under and will undoubtedly be greatly missed now that he has passed away. An MMI salute to this giant of Maltese pop culture in Australia comes in the form of his version of the classic New Courey song, along with his brother George il-Puse on violin and Yuri on accordion, about five years ago.

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