This project is supported by Malta Arts Fund - Project Support Grant

Since its inception in the year 2001, Etnika have developed a reputation locally and internationally as Malta’s leading world music band.

The band has always believed in the need to validate inherited musical content and traditions within a new context, particularly since the traditional contexts for much of the music has been lost. Through this project, the Etnika group have addressed the need to develop innovation on tradition by further developing the repertoire and documenting it for the legacy of the band and its musical repertoire. The recording of a new CD production by the band is now an important necessary milestone for the continued legacy of the Etnika story, the music and the research it is based on. The recording provided an opportunity for the band members to creatively work on research and archive material for continued development of a repertoire reflecting local musical traditions through an artist-in-residence that served as a period for investigating ideas, sonorities and texts thus generating and developing a repertoire based on local sources. This period included writing of lyrics, utilisation of newly written and established folk poetry, stylistic development on traditional instruments, as well as a closed performance of the work generated during the residency. The project is therefore conceived as a vehicle for documenting years of work and ideas which have accumulated yet have never been published.

The new album is entitled “Maddalena’s marvellous tripfolk klabb” and will be launched in November 2016.