Kantilena at the Oratorju San Ġużepp


A couple of weeks ago, Kantilena gave a beautifully intimate concert as part of the run-up to their album launch (details here). The location was nothing short of magical, the Oratorju ta’ San Ġużepp in Birgu. Kantilena’s particular type of music is wonderfully well-suited to locations that are small, but replete with character, and experiencing the likes of Baħħar (which won vocalist Drinu Camilleri Best Singer-Songwriter 2012 at l-Għanja tal-Poplu) in that ambiance was pretty touching.

Like they did when they played Xubidu at Is-Serkin, in Rabat, the evening yielded a video for one of their tracks, this time Il-Ballata ta’ Nenu, a seriously poignant track that is replete with the traditional, Maltese lexicon that the musicians are renowned for. You can enjoy the video and some photos from the evening (courtesy of Adam Brimmer) below.

For those who have never been, the Oratorju is a veritable treasure trove of Maltese heritage, with some pretty amazing original artefacts and replicas.