Malta's Lost Voices- Recordings of Maltese music from the early 1930s

by Andrew Alamango

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Early in 193I, a group of musicians travelled from the port of Valletta to Tunis, to record the very first records of Maltese music. What ensued was a social phenomenon, which took much of society by storm. This is the forgotten story of recording Maltese, folk and popular music in the interwar period.

An intriguing account of musicians, composers, poets and songwriters who, contracted by the Valletta music agents, were sent to Milan and Tunis to record on the major record labels of the day, including HMV, Polyphon, Odeon and Pathé Records. Recorded music and gramophones became an attractive novelty, which played back local music and altered the Maltese people’s perception of themselves forever.

Contains 30 tracks and additional bonus material including PDF of Malta's Lost Voices book.

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released November 28, 2010

Concept and Production by Andrew Alamango.

Research, cataloguing and story writing:
Andrew Alamango.

Analogue to digital transfers: Andrew Alamango (Except for Track 10 CD1, Zonophone 4906, transferred at Abbey Road Studios, London. A Courtesy of EMI Group Archive Trust)

Sound restoration and mastering: Daniel Talma at DJANX Ltd.

Product concept and design: Andrej Vujicic

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Track Name: X'Ahna sbieh min jaf jarana - E. Cilia(C.Satariano)
X’ahna sbieh min jaf jarana
Malta inkalbet ta that fuk,
Culhatt jghamel li ifettillu,
Liberta fuk cull mahluk.
Il misthija m’ghadiex mghana,
X’ahna sbieh min jaf jarana..
L’ulied jghamlu dac li iridu
Ghaiex nieksa mill bastun
Liberta ghandhom izzejjed,
Colla jimxu minghajr tmum..
Dan il guaj ked jirvinana..
X’ahna sbieh min jaf jarana.
Tal BON TON ajma xi csuha,
Din la inglisa trid tixxala
Ticber ftit lill papa’ titlob
Biex tat TENNIS tixtri pala…,
Min dal-lghob katt m’hi xebghana;
X’ahna sbieh min jaf jarana
Ghal tabib jeu avucat,
Jicber ftit mohhu fil FOOTBALL,
jeu fil CRICKET jeu namrat
johrog hmar min tat-tuzzana..
x’ahna sbieh min jaf jarana..
jecc familja icolla xbejba
floc jghallmuha il-bzonn tad-dar
Lila jghallmu chif tinnamra
biex tingabba lil xi hmar..
lilha jghejdu tkun sultana
X'ahna sbieh min jaf jarana