Filfla Records, the local vintage music label is set to release the latest in a series of music publications this Friday 22nd June at Damato Records in St. John Street Valletta at 1900h. After the successful release of the publication Malta’s Lost Voices in CD-Book form, Filfla Records will be releasing another version of the book in double CD format.
Early in 1931, a group of musicians travelled from the port of Valletta to Tunis to record the very first records of Maltese music. what ensued was a social phenomenon which took much of society by storm. Malta ‘s Lost Voices is an intriguing account of musicians, composers, poets and songwriters who, contracted by the Valletta music agents, were sent to Milan and Tunis to record on the major record labels of the day, including HMV, Polyphon, Odeon and Pathe Records. This is the story of music and musicians who made history making the earliest records of Maltese music in the early decades of the 20th century.
This was a musical journey that changed the Maltese people’s perception of themselves forever. Musicologist and researcher Andrew Alamango will be launching the latest in a line of releases of Lost Voices products at Damato Records in Valletta on the 22nd June 2012.
On display at Damto Record Shop is an early recording machine recently acquired by the National Archives from Charles Carabott of Carabott Musical Emporium of Merchant str Valletta. This was originally brought to Malta by the late Marquis Scicluna and bought by Louis Carabott. It is an very early example of recording technology from the late 1920s which recorded messages and music onto aluminium discs as people would speak or play into its microphone.
FILFLA RECORDS, is a label name set up with the aim of releasing a series of productions of local, vintage music. To preserve and make this and other audio material publicly accessible. It indirectly aims to gather known audio sources in private and public collections to gather, catalogue and preserve in a sound archive for posterity. The project is supported by the National Archives and the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family.