Etnika's 2003 release: Zifna
Listen to some short excerpts and a full song from Nafra
(Audio files used by permission and are ©2000 Etnika)
Etnika focuses on the resurrection of Maltese traditional instruments and music. The idea is to use the ancient instruments together with that of other classical and modern instruments in order to create a new Maltese repertoire. The music portrays a unique synthesis between ethnic timbre and contemporary composition.
Among the instruments used are zaqq (bagpipe), zummara (reed pipe), flejguta (whistle flute), zafzafa (friction drum), and tanbur - (a drum). These are combined with flute, clarinet, violin, guitar, piano, accordion, tuba and percussion to create a totally new way of making Maltese music. Original compositions are by Ruben Zahra, using traditional melodies as a starting point, but expanding them in the tradition of Piazzolla, Copeland, Ives and Bregovic.
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