Malta

Making the Maltese Zaqq Bag Dec 2005 in Chanter 2005 Winter

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Last of the maltese bagpipers of old Dec 2004 in Chanter 2004 Winter

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The Maltese Żaqq Nov 2016 in Chanter 2016 Winter

Introduction Pawlu Vassallo Il-Bimblu) of Dingli playing a calfskin żaqq and accompanied by a tambourinist. (Photo courtesy of Luciano Vassallo.) The Maltese żaqq is one of the most distinctive ‘European’ bagpipes but also one of the rarest and least well known. Even in Malta many people have never heard of it. The żaqq is one of a number of so-called ‘primitive’ mouth-blown bagpipes found around the Mediterranean, in North Africa and the Near East.

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