This year’s annual Għanafest traditional song festival will be extended to several localities across Malta, with the festival being held at the Argotti, Qrendi, Buskett and Birżebbuġa.
Għana, (pron. aa-na) is the term for Maltese folk song. There are 3 main types of għana:
- Spirtu Pront – improvised song duels between twogħannejja
- Tal-Fatt – These songs are based on actual events or fiction and are usually either tragic or comic in nature.
- Fil-Għoli – Is high pitched, focusing on the qualities of the voice over the guitar,with prolonged melisma
The festivals will be held on
- May 27 – Qrendi,
- June 22 & 23 – Argotti,
- June 28 & 29 – Buskett.
- June 29 – Birżebbuġa.
More information can be found on the Festival Website: http://xn--ganafest-8hb.com/