Malta is a popular holiday destination and it’s easy to cover the whole island in a week. The radio band is surprisingly crowded for such a small island, and with English spoken by so many Maltese, there is plenty to hear for the holidaying Brit to hear. There are many community stations and some with a religious format
The tiny neighbouring island of Gozo is not neglected, with many Maltese stations easily heard there too, as you can imagine. Gozo even warrants a half page of links to radio stations at the ever reliable Radio Station World website: http://radiostationworld.com/locations/malta/radio.asp Radju Katidral, Radju Margerita and Radju Lehen il-Qala are amongst the stations you can tune to from that link.
There is a good page of radio links at the Malta online portal, which also offers all manner of holiday advice http://www.mol.net.mt/mol/radio.htm and there are also radio links at: http://www.maltaradio.net/
Malta Radju is the country’s public broadcaster but there is not much at their website: http://www.pbs.com.mt/
You can listen to the likes of Bay Radio, Fantasy Radio and Calypso TEN-18: http://www.calypsoradio.com/ , not forgetting Malta University Broadcasting. Campus Radio is the university network at: http://www.campusfm.um.edu.mt/ It has a good mix of locally produced programmes and rebroadcasts of some of the bigger boys of broadcasting, such as the BBC.
The website is proud of these connections: “Built on a tradition of quality broadcasting, the station has collaboration agreements with a number of entities, such as the BBC World Service and Classic FM in the UK, United Nations Radio, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands and Putumayo World Music. Also, students, lecturers and staff at University are involved in the radio's operations and are contributing towards various productions and initiatives. Campus FM has been the recipient of a number of broadcasting awards since 1995.”
World Music: Cuba to Cape Town
Mention of Putamayo World Music brings me to the website: http://www.putamayo.com/ You are only a click away from a brightly coloured bus driving on laden with musicians and a sample of the many diverse sounds offered by the record label can be heard. South African band the Soul Brothers were featured when I visited. The latest release is a South African compilation celebrating the “diversity of South Africa, from Afrojazz and township jive to mbaqanga and Afropop.” Founded in 1975 “the label has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: guaranteed to make you feel good!”
The company produce a wide range of very good World Music CDs, each one offering a tester of contemporary sounds from all over the globe and illustrated in a distinctive busy style by Nicola Heindl. I have been enjoying sultry summer nights in the city chilling to their Brazilian lounge CD. They are reasonably priced and available online as well as in the High Street. I first got into the series myself through my local record and CD library, which is always a low risk way of expanding your musical horizons.
If you prefer to hear your World Music from your sun lounger or balcony rather than at a summer music festival such as WOMAD (World of Music and Dance): http://www.womadshop.com/ (with information throughout the year, not just at the time of the festival in late July in Wiltshire) you might also enjoy World Beat online radio:
http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/directory.cgi?genre=worldbeat It is part of the Live 365 franchise and offers links to a host of World Music stations that you can dip into. If you are already a fan, you will know what I mean. If you are not then give it a whirl and you will be enjoying a salsa in the summer sun before you can say Bossa Cuca Nova.
And other World Music stations at Live 365, the d-i-y radio station portal, include: Radio Abeokuta with Yoruba music from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Cuba and Brazil: http://www.live365.com/stations/radio_abeokuta_2 . Music from around the world and all eras at World’s Best Musicians: http://www.live365.com/stations/fredschelbaum Radio Africa online does what it says on the tin, at: http://www.live365.com/stations/dansez
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