This year’s Għanafest programme will be under the artistic direction of renowned percussionist Renzo Spiteri and will be held at the Argotti Gardens on the 10th, 11th and 12th June.
This festival will be converging soundscapes and cultures that look seemingly disparate but are indeed closer than one may think. Maltese traditional and more avant garde art forms will be fitting in the scheme of things thanks to their history, affinity with the national image and the ever-changing pace of folk.
Sirventés, who will be opening the show, are quintessential revivalists of the troubadour style and their delivery, mannerisms and eloquence in this regard is second to none. They have, over the years, managed to deliver a protesting or satirical poem that describes very well the violence of past times that France and Europe have passed through, as well as reflecting on the fleetingness of human feelings.
Estonia will be the first Baltic state to be represented at Għanafest thanks to Trad.Attack!, who take their inspiration from old archive recordings of Estonian traditional songs and contemporary music. Folk music is their starting point, but their ears, mind and soul remain open to different styles and new directions, whilst maintaining their emotional roots.
Ezza from North Africa are a powerful trio that transform and bring the Tuareg music off the usual path, blending without any concessions modern rock sounds, African pulse, rhythmic trances and relentless groove. They impress with their desert blues-rock, rebellion-fuelled rhythms and three-piece dynamic and soul-stirring melodies.
Photo credits to Angelos Detsis
This year’s Għanafest will also offer contemporary Maltese music revived and renewed with passion or intertwined with other forms of music. Cushion, an Indian fusion band based in Malta, offers a very interesting mid-tempo fusion of western and eastern chill-out music, mostly inclined towards the sound of India, with dominant sitar licks, eastern inclinations on vocal threads, backed with sublime ambience from the keys, and interesting bass and drum patterns to wrap it all up.
KażinSka is a band as well as an ongoing project embracing Maltese roots and world music. The music of KażinSka, as the name suggests, focuses primarily on ska fused with traditional banda marches. Their banda marches melodies also include reggae, samba, jazz and R&B, with the end result being a joyous atmosphere synonymous with the festa Maltija with a contemporary sound.
Mistura debuted in 2012 with Malcolm Bonnici and Antonio Olivari at L-Għanja tal-Poplu, where they won the World Association of Festivals & Artists award for Best New Talent. They write and perform original songs exclusively in Maltese, with music that has elements of blues, rock and folk.
Tickets are €3 and €7 for a three-day block ticket available at the door. Parking will be available at the Floriana Boy Scouts HQ. For more information, visit the Malta World Music Festival website.
This event is being organised by Arts Council Malta and is supported by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, MSV Life and TVM.