Inscription in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2021. Ghana is used to describe three related types of rhymed folksong in Malta. The most popular form is the ‘quick-wit’ ghana, an improvised duel between one or two pairs of singers, focusing on rhymes, convincing argumentation and witty repartee. Ghana sessions are held year-round in public and private venues and are viewed as a platform for informal social and political debate and reflection on shared history. An integral part of Maltese culture, the practice is transmitted through families and is considered vital to the preservation of the unique Semitic Maltese language.
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