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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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