The terramaxka is an old instrument which was very popular in the Maltese Islands in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It formed an integral part of the Maltese Traditional Festas, Carnivals, and everyday life. This form of entertainment was much sought after since there were no radios back then.
The word terramaxka comes from the Maltese words kitarra magica, which means, magical guitar. In English, this instrument, is given a variety of names including, street organ, crank organ, barrel organ, fair organ and so forth. Street organs were imported in Malta from European countries such as France and Switzerland during the late nineteenth century.
My terramaxka dates back to 1929 and I myself have recently restored it to be used in public as it was used in the past century by our ancestors.
ORGANISING AN ACTIVITY?
I am offering my services for activities or functions, especially with tourists, as this is part of the Maltese culture. If you are looking for the one thing that will make your special occasion memorable, such as a wedding, baptism, or party, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can organise together a unique celebration.