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Skald are a Maltese band founded in 2017 Bertu Aquilina percussion, Jesmar Bezzina classic guitar, Simon Bezzina bass guitar, Aaron Debattista vocals and acoustic guitar, Gabriel Gauci Violin. The band’s music genre may be loosely termed as “contemporary folk” with the line-up consisting of vocals, percussion, acoustic and classical guitars, violin and bass. Skald initially started off as a one-project ensemble having been assigned to compose original music inspired by works of national poet Dun Karm Psaila as part of a commemoration event held at San Anton Presidential Garden. Soon after this event the band was approached by Festivals Malta to embark on a 3-year project with the aim to produce and perform contemporary music inspired by traditional folk music. The project included annual participation in the Ghanafest festival 2018,2019 and 2020 virtual festival and the production and recording of a studio album KURA. The album’s title track Kura, ranked among the PRS Top 10 Malta charts for 14 consecutive weeks.

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