On our second day in Malta we had a fantastic interview with David Perry, an English expat who now lives on Malta and hosts a show on Radio Malta called Connect Africa. The mission of David's show, which he co-hosts with David Millner, is to help integrate Africans and immigrants of all kinds into Maltese society by increasing "the knowledge of African affairs, music and culture". According to an article in the Guardian, Malta receives the highest number of asylum applications in the world, in relation to its population. Both Davids are incredibly gracious hosts and it was a real honor to talk and play in the studio with them. We performed a few tunes live, including an impromptu performance of Bob Marley's classic "Get Up Stand Up"! Our interview was originally broadcast on Christmas Eve but you can listen to it anytime HERE.
All opinions expressed herein are the sole opinions of Gabrielle Stravelli, not the US State Department nor American Music Abroad. Our ensemble is: Jim Ridl, piano, Pat O'Leary, bass and Jordan Young, drums. Photo by Susan Ross of the US Embassy Malta.