Malta’s Għanna Spirtu Pront

In Malta, the “spirtu pront” form of the local folk music known as għanna–pronounced “ah-na” (the għ is silent)–is a particularly beloved form of art. In a typical spirtu pront session, two għannejja are lined up against each other in what is imagined to be about an hour-long competition. The two għannejja start by introducing themselves (in song), then they start singing about a particular topic which has either been predetermined or just develops in the course of their musical conversation. The topics are sometimes very serious, addressing social issues and political themes, but they generally deal with them using wit. In this video, masters Tony Camilleri and Il Bambinu strut their spirtu pront stuff.