The Ġukulari Ensemble has become synonymous with historically-informed performances of Malta’s music.  The group adopts its name from the Maltese fifteenth-century musicians on the islands (juculari) who performed, sang and entertained at medieval weddings. Formed by Anna Borg Cardona in 2002, the Ġukulari have been giving performances and lecture recitals in Malta and Gozo as well as representing Malta in festivals abroad – Budapest, Vienna, Bologna, Portugal and Spain. Committed to giving new life to Malta’s music and musical instruments, their repertoire includes music of the upper strata of society as well as local folk music performed on a combination of modern and traditional instruments. The Ġukulari have recorded two CDs: “Malta’s Musical Legacy” (2003) and “Doqqli Daqqa!” (2006).

The group is made up of: Anna Borg Cardona, Anne Marie Camilleri Podestà, Silvio Zammit, Ramona Zammit Formosa, John Cassola, Bettina Borg Cardona.
The Ġukulari ’s performance Following the Trail – Forgotten Music from the 18th and 19th centuries will transport us musically through different eras in Malta’s history – the Order of St John, the French period and finally into the British epoch. Through chosen instrumentation and the music performed, the evening will tie in with aspects of the forthcoming Exhibition Music in Malta from Prehistory to Vinyl.

Ġukulari performed on Tuesday 5th March 2019 in the Chapter Hall of the Mdina Cathedral.​​
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