Archive for May, 2013

Tomorrow Never Knows


Show notes for the 339th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Mana TapuBabylon Aside
Earlier this year I played a number of songs taking part to represent Malta at the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands. That privilege went to the delightful Mana Tapu, newcomers on the scene. They’ve made quite an impact with fans and critics alike, even if the contest wasn’t really an adventure that propelled them to great fame. I’m very much looking forward to hearing from them again. When I do, you can rest assured that you’ll be seeing them on my podcast again.

DJ Format feat. Sureshot La Rock – Mr DJ

Malta BumsMister DJ
My colleague Michael Bugeja pointed out this reworking of the B-side from the 1973 classic vinyl release L-Ewwel Tfajla li Ħabbejt. The song was co-written by Alfred C. Sant and Ray Agius, who features on this recording as the organ player. I’m not sure what to make of all this, other than the fact that it’s always great to have an excuse to listen to the legendary Bayzo sing.

Kristina CasolaniReduce / Reuse / Recycle (Carlo Gerada Mix)
It’s good to see KC spreading herself towards a new fanbase, while doing some good with this environmental awareness campaign. I’m still waiting to hear her do a song in Maltese. Perhaps this was a missed opportunity, but in spite of that I think that she still has further good stuff up her sleeve.

Dorothy MuscatSignor Si
One more song from this year’s L-Għanja tal-Poplu to close up this week’s podcast. It’s a sweet little song composed by seasoned veteran Sammy Galea with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. This song placed second in the contest, but that’s not why I’m playing it. I really like how it captures a history of the way Maltese pop festival songs have evolved since the 1960s.

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The Next Day


Show notes for the 338th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

TexasThe Conversation
From time to time we include something by Scottish singer Sharleen Spiteri. This time she’s back with her long-time band Texas and a song I used as the title of the podcast show notes on my blog a couple of podcasts ago. Spiteri is, of course, of Maltese descent, and that’s how Texas end up opening this week’s podcast. In any case, it’s a good song too…so that helps, wouldn’t you agree?

Chris & MoiraFlight 170
The pop duo that came together representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest almost 20 years ago have ended up sharing a life together. They now return with a new album that shows song writing and performance maturity on their part. There isn’t much else for me to add, other than listen to the song and judge for yourself. I have a feeling you’ll like it…I mean, why wouldn’t you?

Rita PacePupazzi
Rita Pace has been one of my favourite Maltese singer-songwriters for many years. This is what led me to invite her to give an intimate concert at the M3P launch a couple of years ago. Here’s her song from this year’s L-Għanja tal-Poplu, which she co-wrote with Emil Calleja Bayliss. It doesn’t hurt that the song placed third in the contest…but that doesn’t really matter, does it?

Banda Briganti & Justin GaleaIl-Maltin bil-Politka Medhijin
I played another song by this band a few weeks ago. Here they team up with the ever-prolific Justin Galea. I like this song very much, and apparently so did the judges at this year’s L-Għanja tal-Poplu because they picked Sylvan Borg as this year’s Best Songwriter. I’ve featured his songs on my podcast long before most people knew who he was…and he knows that, don’t you Syl?

Robert Farrugia – Title Track
An experimental teenage musician from Malta is a rarity. Robert Farrugia falls very comfortably in this category. I’m rather impressed by his output and have been wanting to play one of this tracks for a number of months. I’ve picked this one, but I could/should have picked another from his debut album A Summer’s Sketch or his latest EP ​Mistranslation. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from him in the coming months and years…really, why shouldn’t we?

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Soothe My Soul


Show notes for the 337th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Dolls for IdolsYouth
I was pleasantly surprised to see this video released on YouTube a few days ago. It showed me that the band is not only still active but also as productive as ever. Appreciative of their youthful vitality, I’m sure that there’s more in the pipeline for the remaining months of 2013, so I expect they’ll be featured again sooner or later on a future edition of the MMI podcast.

Roger Scannura – Mediterra
Maltese-Canadian flamenco guitarist has released another album. This one is called Vida Flamenca and features several delightful tunes that not only showcase his virtuosity but also demonstrate the sort of maturity you expect from someone who has been recording for over twenty years.

Ta’ VernaBit-Tof…Ma Tofx?
I will probably always remember this year’s L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival for this song. To my mind it stands out head and shoulders above all the others that were competing in this edition of the contest. I’m not aware of any other recordings by the folkloristic group Ta’ Verna, so this is a double treat. Songwriters Rita Pace and George Bonello should be wholeheartedly congratulated for brining Ta’ Verna to the attention of a broader audience through this song contest.

MisturaNammetti Li Ma Naf Xejn
Not as good as their previous offerings but still worth including on this edition of the MMI podcast, since I’ve decided to play some of the songs from the 40th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Antonio Olivari has been a long-time listener of this series, so out of respect to him, if for no other reason, we get to hear Malcolm Bonnici sing again on this series. Then again, this song is not half as bad as some people have made it out to be. Then again, what do I know?

Fiona CamilleriTaħnina
Awarded Best New Talent, this young singer has really made an impact on me. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is an excellent showcase not only for up and coming singers but also budding songwriters. This song is written by Robert Carbonaro, who has appeared on previous editions of the MMI podcast. I think his collaboration with Fiona is a step in the right direction for both of them. If Malta had a proper radio spectrum, this song could easily become a classic.

Ivan Grech with Paul GiordimainaXemx
Talking of classic songs, Winter Moods have had this song on their playlist of many years. While rather different from Xtruppaw’s cover, Ivan Grech still manages to deliver the song with the sort of reverence he normally reserves for songs from non-Maltese artists he admires. This version, which you can also watch on video right here, is even more delightful to my tastes, as it features the groovy piano stylings of Paul Giordimaina, who is equally well-versed in jazz as he is in pop. Meanwhile, Winter Moods have released Xemx on an EP with some other song to benefit the Puttinu Cares Children’s Cancer Support Group. The 9th edition of Puttinu’s annual marathon was held today.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.