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Show notes for the 363rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring Christmas music by performers from or in Malta:
Paul Giordimaina – Tifkira 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 Schembri – Il-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 Mercieca – Ninni 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 Aquilina – Silent Night
This YouTube recording was picked as record of the week on Radio Malta 2 last week.
Kevin Borg – Christmas 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 Galea – Emmanuel
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