Lecture and Bequest by Dr Partridge and Dr Jeal about the Maltese Żaqq
A lecture by Dr Karl Partridge and Dr Frank Jeal on the occasion of the bequest of a Maltese "Żaqq" and other related documents to the National Archives of Malta will be held at The National Archives in Rabat, Malta on Thursday 16th May at 6:30pm
Between the years 1971 and 1973, two young Irish man came to Malta several times to research and document Malta’s most complex indigenous folk instrument – “iż – Żaqq” or the Maltese bagpipe.
This instrument was on the verge of imminent extinction which would have left Malta without part of its musical inheritance. An attempt to salvage this inheritaance was made in Qala, Gozo where there was still an indication that this instrument was still in use. They came in for a surprise with what they found.
Borg, co-founder of the group Etnika in 2000, is currently persuing academic studies in the UK, has been in continuous contact with both men during the last three years. A good number of years have paswsed since their last research visit in Malta, forty years to be exact. Through the suggestion of Steve Borg and with the agreement of the National Archives they are making a presentation of their field documents together with several traditional Maltese folk instruments including a “Żaqq” which will all be part of our National Memory. During their talk they will explain their research findings as well as playing a selection of music recordings done between 1971 and 1973 with the playing of the “Żaqq”. Amongst these recordings there will be melody that has never been heard before played by a “Żaqq” player from Mostra that according to Dr. Partridge is one of the best from all the known ones. There will be time for questions after the lecture and afterwards a small reception will follow. This lecture is surely a unique occasion that should not be missed.