The Malta World Music Festival will be held on the 19th and 20th May at Fort St Elmo, Valletta.

The festival promises two evenings of energetic and vibrant music by top-quality artists.


Friday 19th May 2017 – (Event starts at 8 pm)

This year’s edition will be opened by Brodu, an alternative Maltese band playing rock music with influences from various genres, Brodu will bring music in our native Maltese language to the festival.



Tsuumi Sound System – an eight-piece Finnish modern folk music band rooted in Nordic folk traditions will follow.

Tsunami Sound System

Tiwiza – a Franco-Algerian group with a North African tradition based on the notion of solidarity – play a fusion of percussion rhythms, nomad desert blues, with powerful arrangements and engaged lyrics.



Saturday 20th May 2017 – (Event starts at 8 pm)

The Khoury Project, a trio of brothers playing contemporary music which combines identifiable Arabic forms with globalised rhythms, will open the second day of the festival. Though faithful to the tradition of classical Arabic music, the Khoury Project have fused it with other genres such as opera, flamenco, Celtic, Indian and jazz, making it dynamic and appealing to different audiences.

The Khoury Project

Sona Jobarteh‘s voice, known through her contribution in film scores such as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will also be heard during this edition of the festival. Apart from her captivating vocals, Jobarteh is best known as the first female kora virtuoso, a usually male-dominated tradition passed on from father to son. She has modernised the presentation of kora music – a 21-stringed African harp – bringing a rhythmic edge to her compositions which are very up to date and fit her remarkable singing.

Sona Jobarteh

The evening will close with BandAdriatica, a project in which music is created from the encounters and exchange of people and their traditional repertoires, contributing to the continuous development of traditional music and in keeping with the festival’s aim of celebrating cultural diversity.


Malta World Music Festival 2017 is organised by Arts Council Malta and supported by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, MSV Life and V.18. More information can be found here