How did Carmen Tanti die? Maltese folk group The Greenfields’s Singer cause of death Explained

How did Carmen Tanti die? Maltese folk group The Greenfields's Singer cause of death Explained

The Greenfields, a Maltese folk band, lost their singer Carmen Tanti recently. She was 75. Let’s see in detail about How did she die?, what happened? and what was Carmen Tanti cause of death?.

How did Carmen Tanti die?

The popular singer Carmen Tanti, who was a member of the folk music duo The Greenfields with her husband, has passed away. Carmen had a 75-year-old age.

The voice of the Maltese folk revival band The Greenfields, Carmen Tanti, died, according to a tweet from Owen Bonnici. No more information was provided.

I have just learnt of the passing away of Carmen Tanti, the singer of the Maltese folk-group “The Greenfields.” She will be sorely missed. Her voice will live on through her songs which are part and parcel of our Maltese cultural identity. “Ċeklem, ċeklem. Iż-żmien għaddej …”

Owen Bonnici

Carmen Tanti cause of death

The reason of death has not yet been disclosed.

However, it appears that little can be spoken at this moment until the family issues a formal statement regarding the situation. As always, once this news is verified, we will look into it and notify you.

We must thus wait till the family members have had the time and space to absorb this enormous loss.

Once we have enough data, we will update the page. We’ll soon add more details regarding Carmen Tanti’s cause of death.

Who was Carmen Tanti?

She had two children, Clive and Mayra, with her co-singer husband Joe Tanti, with whom she was married.

The Tantis and co-singer and guitarist Charles Bajada created The Greenfields three years before getting married in 1973. Since then, The Greenfields’ sound and singing style have become a mainstay of modern Maltese folk music, partly due to the folk resurgence of the early 1970s.

The Greenfields were broadcast live to Maltese listeners on Television Malta thanks to the improbable success of a “folk music-themed” service at the Little Sister of the Poor chapel in Hamrun. Fr. Charles Movement, the leader of the Cana Movement, subsequently invited the group to his Good Friday broadcast, Djalogu, which resulted in The Greenfields’ debut on television on March 6, 1970.

After that, the group’s constant appearance on Maltese television resulted from Carmen Tanti’s voice, which is similar to Judith Durham of The Australian Seekers.

Fusion of traditional ghana-type songs and contemporary folk

Following their appearance on Ittra Ittra, they were awarded a regular spot on Favoriti, Folklobeat, Malteen, and Karusell, as well as Galenija.

The Greenfields would be known for their unique blend of traditional gana-style songs and modern folk music, which resulted in songs like “Il-Karrozzin,” “Il-Vapur tal-Art,” “It-Terramaxka,” and “Il-Lift Tal-Barrakk,” among others. These songs all refer to a slowly disappearing past and portray extinct Maltese customs.

Rolf Harris, Italina stars Albana and Romina Power, and Ivana Spagna, Italian TV dancer Don Lurio, British pop band Brotherhood Of Man, as well as Raffaella Carrà in her four shows in Malta in 1977, as well as The Platters during their Malta performance in 1978, were all cabaret regulars with The Greenfields.

When Charles Bajada unexpectedly left the group in 1990—he passed away that year—the Tantis continued their musical journey as a folk duo.

Tribute to Carmen Tanti

Vanni Pulé said,

What sad news this morning! Another dear friend and a national treasure has passed on far too suddenly and too early. Carmen was a crucial part of the acoustic and folk group, The Greenfields. We have known them since the early seventies when they were regular guests in my Radio programme ‘Il-Folk f’Malta’. Extremely talented with a superb voice, she was always humble, friendly, happy and, oh, so generous. Carmen and her husband Joe were always ready to help and to participate and even organise philanthropic activities. At least, her beautiful voice and memories of her will remain with us for as long as it is possible. We spent a whole evening with them only recently and a few days ago I received a message from her. Our condolences to her other half, Joe Tanti, Myra Baldacchino and Clive Tanti. May she rest in the peace and serenity she truly deserves.

Ian Attard said,

Starting the day with a respectful thought about the passing of Carmen Tanti ‘tal-Greenfields’. Some might say, who cares but I do feel that it is only fair and right to put light on Carmen as one of Malta’s most renowned and loved folk singing voices. For me her contributions will always be remembered through sounds and melody of ceklem ceklem or il-vapur tal-art. Songs that I grew up with cautiously by not letting too many people know how I truly felt about her music. Something about me being young, stubborn in admitting that I can enjoy and appreciate little treasures such as Carmen’s voice and songs.

On a completely different note (pun intended) I’m also sad about the passing of Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac. A great singer slightly before my time

who had to power to rock people globally with one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac (actually I did not need to write the name of the band on FB as was prompted automatically).

The two shared important messages with me (very differently) through their music through my childhood and later on. Very sad about their passing of course but also realised one thing that I came to a point in life that I honestly do not care about whether people might find my connections of the works of a great local music contributor with an international star as odd and out of sync. I can speak freely and objectively about great things done by anyone I chose/choose to admire. I guess this also comes to me thanks to all good messages from music that I connected with throughout my life.

Social Channel said,

What a sad news this morning

Fly high Carmen tanti (greenfields ) , thank you for the amazing music , you will be surely missed .

Condolences to all the family and friends

Celine Agius said,

This woman used to make me dance in my childhood during Christmas parties and kids’ parties. Her beaming smile was infectious.. I still remember how during a Christmas Party you asked me to come up on stage to sing with you (Ceklem Ceklem Karrozzin).

Rest in Peace Carmen. Keep smiling!!

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