Maltese singer & guitarist Martin Cordina born on the 20 May, 1956 in Sliema, better known as Martino Gilardo.
From the tender age of 5 years he had already started to learn the guitar under the guidance of the late Maestro Johnny Mick who passed away some years ago.
At the age of 10 years Martino Gilardo had already shown great improvement in classical guitar playing and on many occasions he performed during various occasions and social activities.
Martin began his musical carrier at the age of 16 years when he was employed as a guitarist and singer wth a local band at the Caravel Night Club, Qui-Si-Sana which unfortunately had closed doors some years ago together with other two other nightclubs namely, Dragut and Piper Club. This group consisted of Alfred Zammit on saxophone, Martin Cordina as singer guitarist, Charles Cuschieri on the drums and the well known Paul Giordimaina who was still 16 years of age on the piano.
After performing at the Piper Club for two years Martin Cordina joined the well know band at that time The Johnny Mick Band at the Phareohs Den Night Club of The Salina Bay Hotel, today know as Coastline Hotel.
During that same period the band had been approached by the director of the Greek cruise ship holdings Epirotiki Lines, situated in Piraeus, Greece where they were offered a year’s work contract on the cruise ship Apollon 11.
Within one week Martin and the Johnny Mick Band, and went to Greece and spent nearly a whole year performing nightly on the MV Appollon. The band consisted of Maestro Johnny Mick on keyboards, Martin Cordina on Bass and singer, Martin Buhagiar on drums and John Zammit on guitar. Some months later John Zammit was replaced by Freddie Castelletti and drummer Martin Buhagiar was replaced by Arthur Kiomall.
After the termination of their contract, the band returned to Malta and Martin soon signed another contract with the musical group The Starlights performing nightly at The Gardens Night Club, in Swieqi. The group consisted of Maestro Joe Brown on keyboards/singer; Martin Cordina on bass and singer; Chris Scicluna on guitar and singer; and Paolo Falletta on drums and singer.
However after termination of contract Martin joined the army and a year later he joined the Malta Police Force where he spent 27 years finishing his grade in the Force to that of Sergeant Major.
In the Police Force, Martin immediately joined the Police Musical group and spent a part of his duty performing in institutes and other places. It was a great time for Martin because the group had performed during several functions. One must also mention maltese singer Marisa D'Amato who also had joined the Police Force and had also joined the Police Musical Group.
Two years after joining the Police Force, Martin was promoted to the grade of Police Sergeant and was very dedicated in Police work.
In 2005 Martin was promoted to Sergeant Major and served for four full years in the Police Academy St. Elmo, where he was the officer in charge of new recruits and training to several members of the Police Force.
In 2010 terminated his duty from the Malta Police Force after 27 years of service.
In 2011 Martin Cordina now staged name Martino Gilardo launched his first CD entitled Sempre Napoletane which consisted of 12 Napolitan songs.
He made a very good impact by the Maltese / Australians who visited Malta and was successful.
In 2015 Martino Gilardo launched his second CD entitled Canta Martino Gilardo, consisting 21 Neapolitan and Italian standard and classical songs.
One could say that this CD was produced in Martino Gilardo’s own recording studios, when he played the electric guitar and acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboard and drums.
Martin Cordina was invited to perform in several halls and at weddings where the Italian and Neapolitan in front of Italian guests. Furthermore Martin Cordina is one of Malta’s professional classical, lead guitar players in Malta and the ability to play solo on guitar.
Beside that Martino Gilardo is also a radio broadcaster and producer on BKR RADIO 94.5 FM with a musical program entitled CANZONE transmitted every Thursday at 4.00 pm and repeated every Sunday at 4.00 pm.
Besides this programme he also produced and presents the weekly program Il-Kantant tal-Ġimgħa which is transmitted every Tuesday at 7.00 pm and repeated every Friday at 1.00 pm.
|06||I Te Vurria Vasa|
|11||Te Voglio Bene Ass|
|12||Torna A Surrento|
Canta Martino Gilardo - Viva La Canzone Italiana e Napoletana
|03||I Giorni dell' Accobaleno|
|04||I Te Vurria Vasa|
|05||La prima cosa bella|
|09||O suldato 'nnamurato|
|12||Te voglui ben assaie|
|13||Tre settimane da raccontare|
|20||Comme facette mammetta|