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Għana: Malta’s Folksong

Għana is a performative art, transmitted trhough generations in Maltese archipelago, including sung poetry and music. The origin of għana is still unknown and, hence, subject to ongoing debate. The folklore researcher Ġużè Cassar Pullicino found an early form of għana dating back to 1792, that is, towards the end of occupation of the Maltese islands by the Knights of Malta. Some local music scholars have attributed the origin of this singing to the presence of Arabs in Malta.

Date of Inscription: 28 June 2018

Reference: 03/2018

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