KKI: Mark Tonna Leads Male ParticipationWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
During the years, one of the most successful competitions in the local music scene has surely been the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and this is due to the fact that it is one of two competitions whose entries are in the national language of the country, that being Maltese. After a hiatus which stretched ten years in total, Media.Link Communications decided that it was high time for a return and in fact, since then, things have looked rather positive noting that each year, new talent is established along with a mixture of already established talent. In the past couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com has been looking at some of the most memorable statistics including the fact that the runner-up of the past three years has been absent in the following year and that Eleanor Cassar has been the most successful in making it to the final eleven times, nine times as a soloist and once as a duet. This time round, the focus turns to the male artist who has made the most appearances and he is by far none other than Mark Tonna.
Male artists have always had a tendency to stay away from competitions actually noting that there is more interest amongst the gender on radio for example but nevertheless, the last two entrants at the Eurovision Song Contest have both been male keeping in mind Glen Vella in 2011 and Kurt Calleja earlier this year. When it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Mark Tonna has provided the most entries in the competition or rather, has made it to the finals the most scoring a total of eight (8) entries, all of them as a solo performer. As you are going to note within the list below, Mark has worked with a large number of songwriters and this just goes to show that mixing it up a bit does definitely give a music career more flavour, an element which can be proven to be quite successful in the long run.
- 1997: Tgħid Veru? (Mark Tonna / Joe Chircop)
- 1998: Kif Ħarbulna! (Noel Calleja / Joe Chircop)
- 1999: Il-Bikja tal-Lejl (Rene Mamo / Joe Julian Farrugia)
- 2000: Waħdek Ma Tkun Qatt (Chan Vella / Mark Tonna)
- 2002: Int Kapaċi (Philip Vella / Andrew Attard)
- 2005: L-Arkitett tal-Univers (John D Zammit / Paul Callus)
- 2010: Nixtieqek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)
- 2011: Meta Jikkalma L-Mewġ (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)
Mark Tonna made his mark on the local music scene within the Malta Song for Europe having participated on four occasions, the first one being in 1995, followed by his fourth place finish in 1997, then also returning in 1999 which remains to be his best finish thus far and last but not least, his participation in 2003. His participation in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza led to a victory on his fourth try actually with the track Waħdek Ma Tkun Qatt but he did return due to the fact that he loves to perform in Maltese, citing it as a beautiful language. He takes every live performance seriously and shows sheer professionalism with all of the artists competing actually. He is a role model and he is absolutely well respective for that honour.
Source: KKI Compact Discs