17 June 2013
Malta is renowned for its rather distinctive sounds. When a friend suggested attending an evening of contemporary folk music at the Bottegin Palazzo Xara in Rabat, I grabbed the opportunity.
Folk music at Bottegin Palazzo Xara
It is not your traditional folk but rather folk that has been transformed into contemporary sounds. The two bands namely Kantilena and Stalko have been causing a stir in the local music scene now for a number of years. Stalko’s rather warm and evocative sounds promote a beautiful blend of modern and mature nu-folk sounds while Kantilena embrace traditional Maltese folk by giving it a more contemporary twist.
This isn’t the first time I’ve caught both bands live though. Having seen both bands last year, they’ve been exuding and exceeding music maturity over the last year. Their poignant and evocative sound oozes a certain excellence but also evokes emotions whilst still keeping the music uplifting and intriguing.
With wine flowing freely in the surroundings of the stunning Bottegin Palazzo Xara, there was a rather engaging atmosphere with the elegance of chandeliers and antique mirrors which added a captivating touch to the evening.
The evening came to a close with a relaxing walk around the town of Rabat and Mdina.
Author: Adam Claffey