After an eight-year hiatus, *etnika has regrouped with a fresh new sound in the form of their new album, Maddalena’s Marvellous Tripfolk Klabb.
Taking on a new musical direction, *etnika have drawn inspiration from 1930s recordings, traditional għana and folk rhymes.
Known as one of Malta’s first world music bands since it inception in 2000, this unlikely mix of musicians are bound to awe by not only their recent experimentation, but also by remaining true to that which they’ve always been known for; blending the new with the traditional. The folk instruments utilised in the production of this album, such as the tambur, żummara, bijambo, żafżafa and flejguta, are offset by effected guitars, retro-futuristic synths, unconventional percussion and footwork, deep groovy bass, raspy sax and haunting whispery vocals.
In the development of the new sound which came to be known as Tripfolk, *etnika maintains its links to the folks musicians, bards and poets of the past.
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