WORLD DAY FOR AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE, 27th OCTOBER 2014. LAUNCH OF A DIGITISATION PROJECT OF A COLLECTION OF MALTESE FOLK-SINGING (GĦANA) BY THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
On the occasion of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the National Archives of Malta and the Friends of the National Archives launched the digitisation of the Leli Muscat Collection.
The Muscat Leli Collection is made up of about 400 hours of Maltese folk-singing (għana) that Leli Muscat had recorded over 20 years, from the sixties onwards, from all over Malta. This collection of two hundred reels, is unique since the recording took place in a number of pubs and clubs during għana sessions. Furthermore, this collection includes a wealth of tens of folk-singers (għannejja), besides a number of musicians (daqqaqa).
The first phase of the process is the transfer of the recordings from analog to digital format. After this delicate and lengthy process, each track is individually separated. Thus the recording is saved from the dangers that are associated with the deterioration of the reels on which it currently is on. The next step is the restoration program. Concurrently, the collection will be catalogued. Eventually, after these processes, the collection will be made available to both the researchers as well as to the public.
Mr. Charles Farrugia, the National Archivist, thanked the Friends of the National Archives for the financial aid they made available for acquiring and conserving the Leli Muscat Collection. He also thanked Mr Steve Borg who was instrumental in finding the Collection. "The project that we are starting today is another step in the mission of the National Archives in preserving and making the national memory accessible," concluded Mr Farrugia.