Malta’s Lost Voices Songbook – Għana

Maltese Songs from the 1930s for Voice and Guitar



For the first time in history għana musicians, like musicians elsewhere, had the opportunity to press their songs on the first records of Maltese music. As part of the record catalogue featuring a variety of musical styles, the bards of this culture recorded their personal poems, written or improvised, their guitar playing, and their unique voices in studios locally and overseas.

The result was the publication of dozens of 78rpm records featuring the more renowned għana singers and guitarists of the day, who carried out live performances in the studio. The songs in this collection aim to represent the variety of forms featured on the records, as well as provide information about the singers who minted their names on these discs in the interwar period.

Listen to the digital album here.

This publication is supported by Arts Council Malta.

Additional information

Weight 230 g
Dimensions 32 × 14 cm
Year of publication
ISBN 9789995718466
Pages 24

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SKU: 9789995718466