folk music of a people is its expression in sound,
which, due to its relatively simple form, is understood
and practised by many members of the community. etnika
is based on the hypothesis of an instrumental form
of ethnic folk music played by the local musicians
(daqqaqa), on traditional instruments in various social
contexts; from weddings to funerals, town criers and
street vendors. The break in oral tradition of this
instrumental folk music has led to a loss in musical
heritage, which constitutes melodies, rhythm and instruments.
Etnika is an attempt in the recuperation of a musical
tradition rooted in our ethnic origins.
Etnika is an ongoing programme, which is committed
to the promotion and awareness of our local music heritage.
It is based on the hypothesis of an instrumental form
of music, which was played in the past by roving musicians,
on instruments indigenous to the islands. Central to
this programme is the faithful reconstruction of ethnic
Maltese instruments and their projection onto a contemporary
platform through performance.
Below you may download and listen to the first 30
seconds of some of the music found
on Etnika's first