Marmalja’s album launch

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    Marmalja’s debut album, titled Demm Ġdid Vol. 1 Dissett, has just landed. I caught up with the hip-hop outfit to hear about which toes the no-holds-bar duo have been stepping on. When Claude ‘il-Lapes’ Agius’s and Andrea ‘Drinu’ Delicata’s daily hangouts in the Santa Margherita area of Mosta evolved into breaking beats and rapping together, […]

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En garde!

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Historical sword fighting brings back the nobility of weapons of old. Maestro d’armi Andrei Xuereb explains the origins of this discipline to Ramona Depares. An edited version of this interview was published on the Sunday Times of Malta. Conjuring images of swash-buckling heroes, damsels in distress and – for those with a more contemporary imagination […]

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Lucy’s first, not Lucy’s last

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Despite their name, it’s the start of what promises to be an exciting period for Lucy’s Last. Interview was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture. It is said that good music begets good music. So perhaps it is fitting that the founding members of Lucy’s Last – one of the newer bands […]

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Interview: The Prodigy

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The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett and Keith Flint, who performed in Malta this August, talk studio work, live gigs and Gozo raves with Ramona Depares. An edited version of this interview was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. All photos: Chris Farrugia Studios. Lucca, 7pm. The whole town is buzzing with expectation and, even though […]

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‘Fear lives inside me’

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Writer Anton Grasso, whom many consider the forefather of horror on a local level, recently announced his intention to retire after a career spanning four decades. I found that the author is not as scary as his books. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. What does fear mean for you? The simplest […]

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Not all culture is creative

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I interviewed Toni Sant, the recently-appointed artistic director of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, about the road ahead. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times’ Culture section. His appointment as the first artistic director at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity is one of the few recent cultural appointments that was not met with political controversy. The […]

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A sonic kind of equilibrium

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This interview was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta Culture section.Photo is by Marija Grech.  Many may be unfamiliar, as yet, with the name Jane Doe but do not let this fool you into thinking that this is a band made up of newbies. Even if you listen to their debut EP, the […]

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East meets west through manga

She is most well-known in Europe for her adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s book Confessions of a Shopaholic to manga. But artist and story-writer Yishan Li’s versatile style is appreciated both across east and west and ranges from traditional Japanese manga to the more modern style that western audiences tend to enjoy. Li is one of […]

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Tardis, to historical Malta

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Whovians still in recovery from Dr Who’s golden anniversary have an extra reason to keep on celebrating. Actor Sylvester McCoy, better known as the seventh doctor, is on his way to the Malta Comics & Pop Culture Expo. This interview first appeared on The Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture Section. His name is firmly established in […]

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Books: X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo?

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Part whodunnit, part political intrigue and part a touching exposé about autism, X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo? promises to keep readers guessing. Ramona Depares asks writer Mark Vella about what prompted this debut novel. An edited version of this interview was originally published on The Sunday Times of Malta. This month sees the release of […]

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