Archive for December, 2013

Salvation

* Vote for the Top 2013 Music Releases in Malta – poll open until 31 December 2013.



Show notes for the 363rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring Christmas music by performers from or in Malta:

Paul GiordimainaTifkira tal-Milied
Fr George Ocar Buttigieg has done it again! Following on the success of the song Ħelu Bambin, which he co-wrote with Andrew Zammit for singers Maltese Eurovision singers Ludwig Galea and Chaira, we now get a 21 track CD album featuring Maltese lyrics for all sorts of Christmas tunes, sung by a wide array of Maltese singers. I’ve picked this corker by Paul Giordimaina as it strikes me as the most sincere musical arrangement of all, bringing out the best musical qualities of this singer, who is really one of Malta’s foremost jazz artists.

Carmen SchembriIl-Milied it-Tajjeb
One of the most beloved Maltese singers returns with yet another Christmas song, but this one is quite special. Well, first there’s her delicious voice, of course, but then I’m really pleased to hear Carmen’s husband Enzo Gusman provide excellent Maltese lyrics for this wartime American Christmas standard, first released by Bing Crosby 70 years ago.

Animae feat. Isaac MerciecaNinni La Tibkix Iżjed
Here’s a live version of the same song played during the podcast. I prefer the studio version, but this is quite a good live rendition anyway:

Kurt AquilinaSilent Night
This YouTube recording was picked as record of the week on Radio Malta 2 last week.

Kevin BorgChristmas Time
Watch the fan video for Kevin Borg’s 2012 Christmas offering (record company couldn’t be bothered so it’s no wonder that it took me a whole year to discover this song!):

Fr Rob GaleaEmmanuel

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The Last Ship


Show notes for the 362nd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Stefanos Everyone Is A World
Stefanos is preparing a new album called Everyone Is A World, which is set to be released in March 2014. To open up the final podcast of 2013 ahead of the Christmas edition, we have the title track from said forthcoming album. Enjoy!

MisturaIntrospezzjoni Stellari
Another excellent track from the duo that gave us a another release earlier this year called Kollox L-Istess. They’ve managed to get voted into second place in the Top Online Release category of the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll. Will they manage to beat title holders Divine Sinners to the top spot this year? Voting is open until Tuesday 31 December 2013 via Facebook.

FellowFishMan On A Boat
Had this free download been released a couple of weeks earlier it would have probably made it into the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll too. As it happens it’s just a preview of whatever greater plans this band has for 2013. It’s a cool track and one I’m sure many will enjoy even without a promotional music video.

GergisKollox
Here’s a new Maltese rapper to add to the growing list of local hip hop performers. He seems to be well connected to others in the scene and has received kudos from all sides. I like it enough to include on my podcast. In any case, here’s someone I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on, and hopefully an ear too.

Steve Id-DelliId-Diska tal-Ġugar Bar
Steve Delia never disappoints me. Whether its as Brikkuni guitarist, a solo performer (or should that be performance artist?), or a guitar technician for Marc Galea, he always gives 100% of whatever he can. I believe that he is possibly one of the most underrated contemporary artists in Malta. It therefore give me great pleasure to close up my podcasts for 2013 (ahead of next week’s Christmas edition) with this new song, which seems like the sort of thing he pulls out of thin air for all to enjoy. Godspeed, Delli!

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Number 46664

Show notes for the 361st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Mind’s Eye DubAmandla Awethu Mandela Dub
I considered playing Manwel T’s Umtha Welanga – The Vuvuzelas Mix featuring Mind’s Eye Dub, to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela, but I’ve already played that on a previous edition of the MMI podcast. So I’ve picked this one instead. I don’t have much to say about Mandela except that his death has made me realize, yet again, how selective amnesia works for some people, especially those who wield some kind of power.

Clandestines Serbian Dog
After a couple of years of frantic activity, this teenage band from Malta has finally released its debut album. They had a launch gig at the Beach Haven in Xemxija yesterday (Friday 5 December 2013), and invited Dolls and Idols to play at the party too. I’m sure that this release will go down well with their growing legion of fans.

The Areola TreatBlood Red Thing
Their previous single from their second album Walk Into Nothing is nominated in the Top Video category of the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll. This new song doesn’t come with its own music video, but that has probably made me observe a strange fact: singer Lisa Micallef Grimaud has similar lower tones in her voice to the lovely Judith Durham, or even Carmen Tanti, of course. Not sure whether this will mean much to anyone under the age of 40. I’d actually be interested in seeing what people who know all these singer think.

Husko feat. Charlotte HainingReal
Another one of the tracks that could have made it to this year’s MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll but didn’t simply because it reached me after the cut-off date. I particularly like the Nirvana sample. I understand it’s also managed to acquire some airtime on certain Maltese radio stations. Good on you, Husko!

Chapter ZeroAgainst the Grain
I saw Digby (or was it Chapter Zero? they’re one and the same, anyway) perform live as an opening act at the No Bling Show concert I attended in September at the Old Corradino Prison in Malta. It was a good support act for what is undoubtedly Malta’s better known hip-hop group. Not sure why he prefers to stick to rapping in English, but I’m glad to see that his sensibilities resonate better with Maltese culture than they did a while back. The music video for this track, produced by Keith Falzon, is both honest and raw, I think.

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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.