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Malta Mourns the Loss of Music Icon

Veteran Maltese Singer Joe Cutajar Passes Away at 83

The music industry of Malta mourns the loss of one of its most iconic figures, Joe Cutajar, who passed away at the age of 83. The news was shared by his brother Frankie on social media, marking the end of an era for Maltese music.

Born and raised in Valletta, Joe Cutajar's journey in music was as diverse as it was remarkable. Not only was he celebrated as a singer, but he also made significant contributions to the world of sports, having played for esteemed football teams like Valletta FC, Ħamrun Spartans, Żurrieq, and St. George’s.

Joe Cutajar with the Oscar Lucas Band

Beyond his musical talents, Cutajar's love for football and his dedication to the sport were evident throughout his life. Yet, it was his passion for music that truly defined him. His performances spanned decades, taking him to various countries, including the UK, where he spent time as a cabaret artist in London's West End.

1972 representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with Helen Micallef

In 1972, Cutajar represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Helen Micallef, performing the timeless classic "L-Imħabba." This song, remains etched in the hearts of every Maltese and Gozitan, a testament to Cutajar's enduring legacy in Maltese music history.

However, it was Cutajar's enchanting voice and captivating stage presence that truly endeared him to audiences across the globe. He graced numerous concerts both locally and abroad, leaving an indelible mark wherever he performed. His participation in the 80's rock opera "Ġensna" further solidified his status as a versatile artist.


Even in his later years, Cutajar continued to enchant audiences with his performances, showcasing his unwavering commitment to his craft. His collaborations with fellow musicians and his solo performances were always met with enthusiastic applause and admiration.

As news of Cutajar's passing spread, tributes poured in from across the music industry. Singer-songwriter Mark Spiteri Lucas described him as a true music legend who contributed immensely to the local music scene.

Maestro Paul Abela, who shared numerous experiences with Cutajar, fondly recalled their time together and emphasized Cutajar's unyielding energy and passion for music. He remarked that Cutajar's legacy would forever be remembered, and Malta had lost a great icon of music.

This Is Joe Cutajar released 1977

Helen Micallef, Cutajar's Eurovision partner, shared her heartfelt memories of their time together on stage, expressing her sadness at his passing and bidding him farewell with a broken heart.

Joe Cutajar's musical talents extended beyond singing; he was also a skilled drummer and multilingual performer. His performances in Maltese, English, and Italian captivated audiences worldwide, earning him the title of the best cabaret artist in the country.

Cutajar's love for his hometown, Valletta, was evident in his performances and his active involvement in local sports and cultural events. He cherished the city and its inhabitants, leaving an indelible mark on the community.

7" vinyl - Ftakar, backed by The Hilton Falconiers

As Malta bids farewell to Joe Cutajar, his legacy lives on through his timeless music and the countless memories he created for generations to come.

Rest in peace, Joe Cutajar. Your music will continue to inspire and enchant us forever.

Condolences to Joe's family and friends

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