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Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Republic of Malta to Japan welcome you to Malta, an island country in the warm Mediterranean Sea.

Malta has been an important center for maritime trade with many European countries since ancient times, and one of its defining traits is the preservation of many wonderful cultural traditions from England, Italy, France and many other countries.

Malta is home to folk music called għana. There are many established styles, but the most iconic is botta u risposta, where singers pour their hearts into improvised lyrics in a poetic fashion akin to Japanese renga collaborative poetry.

The Malta International Arts Festival is an event that draws world-class performers in music, dance and theater to Malta each summer. The Malta Jazz Festival and the Glitch Festival – a celebration of electronic music – also bring together renowned artists from across the globe.

To conclude our journey, we would also like to introduce musicians from Malta who have achieved success, including Joseph Calleja, Karl Fiorini, Brikkuni, Etnika and The New Victorians.

We hope you enjoy your music journey to Malta! Please look forward to our next destination.

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