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Popular Gozitan musicians known as Id-Dudi, 1910s. Photo Mikiel Farrugia

The music of Malta ranges across a spectrum of genres such as traditional folk music, metal and various forms of electronica.


Għana is the traditional folk music of Malta.

Malta organises its own Malta Song Festival yearly since 1960.[1]

In 1971 Joe Grech was the first singer to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. Andy Partridge from XTC was born on Malta in 1953. Later, Thea Garrett won the Malta Song for Europe 2010 called My Dream. Lynn Chircop represented Malta at Eurovision 2003 with the pop song "To Dream Again". It was sung in Riga with 5 additional backing singers on the stage. Chircop got 4 points at the end of the voting process. Morena is another artist who is a winner of Malta Song for Europe 2008 called VODKA. Klinsmann participated in Malta Song for Europe in 2007 (She Gives me Wings) and 2008 (Go finalist song). Claudia Faniello was the second runner up in Malta Song for Europe 2008 who participated with the songs Caravaggio and Sunrise. Chiara represented Malta in Eurovision a total of 3 times: 1998, 2005, 2009. Gaia Cauchi represented and won for Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013. Gianluca Bezzina represented Malta in 2013. Destiny Chukunyere represented and won for Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. Chukunyere represented Malta at Eurovision 2020 after winning the Maltese version of X Factor.


  • Marcello Sorce Keller. “Malta, History, Culture and Geography of Music”, Janet Sturman (ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Los Angeles: SAGE Reference, 2019, Vol. III, 1382–1384.
  • Marcello Sorce Keller. “Malta, Modern and Contemporary Performance Practice”, Janet Sturman (ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Los Angeles: SAGE Reference, 2019, Vol. III, 1384–1386.
  • Farrugia, A. (2021) The Story Of A Maltese Musician: A biography of Maestro Antonio Micallef 1867, ISBN 979-8-5125-7445-4


See also



  1. ^ Ciantar, Philip (2021-04-21). Studies in Maltese Popular Music. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-000-37914-3. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Rediffusion radio service established for itself a central role in the promulgation of local song festivals, such as the Malta Song Festival... ...Spread over several evenings, the festival was held for the first time at the Radio City Hall in Hamrun between 10 and 12 November 1960.
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