The Future of Maltese Folksong


Prof. Maurice N. Cauchi

For the vast majority of us, Maltese folk-singing (Għana) is at best a closed book, a genre which we cannot understand. At worst it is a monotonous wail practiced in backward villages in the past, and  soon to disappear.

In past centuries in Malta, Casha reflects, ‘Ghana  was an expression of the common people il-popolin. It was the voice of the working classes and the peasant communities.  Għana was the voice and the expression of  the illiterate  masses and their way of protesting in their own vernacular.  Most importantly, Għana has always served to reflect the period in time in which it was sung’. He compares the practice of Għana in Malta with that of the medieval minstrel singing about the events of his time.

Ghana has been used  to draw attention to issues varying from petty squabbles to religious-political situation which had evolved  at various times…

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