KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Tama u Kuraġġ'Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
During these past few years, the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been growing due to the fact that new minds were brought in to make sure that the showcase moves into a modern era where music speaks to the listeners especially when it is in an official language of the country. This is the case with this competition noting that it is only one of the two that showcase Maltese in terms of music. A number of poets have long been trying to get the people to appreciate the language but when done in song, it could be assessed even further noting that people tend to hum lyrics to the melody. The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a variety of participants who are somewhat representing the dawn of a new age noting that most of them are either newcomers or those who have gained popularity in just a couple of years. We are presenting the tracks one by one and today, the tide turns towards Domenique who will be performing the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.
The nineteenth track to be presented during the evening of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa translates to Hope and Courage noting that the lyrics speak volumes about the history that the people of Malta had to go through to obtain the freedom that they proclaim to have in the present day. The performer of the track in the meantime has already managed to obtain a name for herself in the past couple of years especially due to the fact that she has taken the longer route which has proven successful for a number of stars here in the country. Domenique had appeared within a number of festivals and television programmes during the years noting that she had tried to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for quite a couple of years. Nevertheless, since making it to the teenage category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Miegħi Hemm Int which translates into You're There With Me composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner, she has also made the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the track I'll Follow the Sunshine written by Ralph Siegel and Dr. Bernd Meinunger.
Philip Vella has written a large number of songs for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and whilst he remains, the most successful composer in the country when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it seems he has not been utterly lucky in this competition having won it on just one previous occasion, that come very recently in 2009 when Annabelle Debono performed the song 1964 which was penned by Mark Amaira. Nevertheless, he is still composing music to Maltese lyrics with quite a number of songs having passed through to this stage of the competition. He co-writer this time round on a total of three entries, I believe is none other than his daughter, Cher Vella whose first experience at co-writing came earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest having written the lyrics to the song In Your Eyes performed by Lawrence Gray. This is the first time that she has written lyrics in Maltese and the family duo will be hoping for more success in the future now that such a collaboration has started. Remember, to listen to the track Tama u Kuraġġ in the official preview video just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more features about the participants in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.