20 September 2017

On Saturday 2nd September, the 41st edition of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted by Clifford Galea, Sarah-Lee Zammit, with comic interludes provided by Aiken Buhagiar. Introducing each entry by virtue of their songwriters, and then a postcard which featured the artists in different surroundings, the 18 songs were performed, accompanied by the 40-strong member Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Mro Paul Abela, and Mro Joe Brown. 

The evening was a true celebration of music, with each participant putting forward an original song in Maltese, our national language, and one of Malta’s two official languages. The evening also had the inclusion of two special guests, kicking things off with the Kinetic Dance Studio who performed a routine to new music composed and arranged by Sean Vella, as well as Mary Rose Mallia, an iconic female artist who is celebrating her 50-year anniversary in music. At the end of the evening, the following awards were given out. 

Best Recording: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’)

Best Singer/Songwriter: “Min Jaf” – Ryan Grech (Ryan Grech)

Best Original Song: “Narak Kuntent” – Odelsie Camilleri (Odelsie Camilleri)

Best Interpretation: “Ritratt” – Monica Said (Philip Vella)

Third Place: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’)

Second Place: “13, Strada Stretta” – Dario u Grecia Bezzina (Dario Bezzina, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

First Place: “Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat mas-Silġ” – Jessica Magro (Pamela Bezzina, Paul Ellul) 

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 131 submissions. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene.

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The 41st edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija is going to take place on the 2nd September at Pjazza Teatru Rjal with the accompaniment of the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Paul Abela and Maestro Joe Brown.

This year saw 131 entries received by the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee, which they whittled down to 48 semi-finalists thanks to a jury panel which consisted of Maestro Manuel Pirotta, Dr Michael Spagnol, Alfie Fabri and Joe Piscopo, after hearing the CD recordings. In the second phase, the semi-final, another jury panel, this time consisting of Vince Fabri, Christopher Spiteri, Justin Galea, Phyllis Debono, Noel D’Anastas and Frank O’Neill, picked 18 finalists, all of which will get the opportunity to share their songs, their messages to a wider audience. 

The list of finalists in alphabetical order is as follows:

13, Strada Stretta (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Dario Bezzina) - Dario u Grecia Bezzina

Antifona ta’ Mħabba (Joseph Calleja / Edward Magri) - Kapitlu Tlettax, Dominic Cini u Ina Robinich

Arani Ngħix (Andy Muscat / Cyprian Cassar) - Andy Muscat

B’Kelma (Charlie Dalli) - X-Tend

Dil-Qalb (Fleur Balzan / Paul Giordimaina) - Anna Azzopardi

Dwejra B’Tieqa Fiha (Giovann Attard / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Charlene Rae Muscat

Għanjiet (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Andrew Zahra) - Michela Galea

Ħallejt il-Ħolm Iġorrni (Mario Scerri / Brian Abela) - Amplified

Ħolqa (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Luke Agius / Julie Pomorski / Augusto Cardinali) - Julie Pomorski

Kliem Ix-Xiħ (Mark Cachia) - Mark Cachia

Li Kien Għalija (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) - Rachel Mamo

Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat Mas-Silġ (Paul Ellul / Pamela Bezzina) - Jessica Magro

Mill-Għatba ‘l Barra (Dario Bezzina) - Sebastian Calleja u Michela Dalli

Min Jaf (Ryan Grech) - Ryan Grech

Narak Kuntent (Odelsie Camilleri) - Odelsie Camilleri

Ritratt (Philip Vella) - Monica Said

Rutina Tgħallina (Xarulu) - Xarulu

Stalett (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri

This festival is being organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal and with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 15:45

KKI 2016: Dario Bezzina Emerges as the Winner

It has been a couple of weeks since the 25th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the return to the Floriana Granaries was very well received by the public present. With all the festivities surrounding Independence Day back to their roots, the evening was buzzing with an air of excitment, and following the performance of 24 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the ‘Talent Stabbilit’, 1 through with the same category via tele-voting and another 3 which came through ‘Talent Ġdid’, the winner was announced as “Se Naslu Żgur”, written by Ray Agius, and sung by Dario Bezzina.

Hosted by Toni Busuttil, Mireille Bonello and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, saw a smooth transition of performances, with the the list of participating artists featuring a good mixture of newcomers and veterans. The professional members of the jury was made up of a mixture of musicians, and media personalities, instantly recognisable by many. A full list of the results may be viewed below.

24th place: “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Odessa

23rd place: “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Josuel Grech

22nd place: “Saltna fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Amulet

21st place: “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) - Dominic u Ina

20th place: “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Dwett

19th place: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar

18th place: “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) - Domenique

17th place: “Riħ mill-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro

16th place: “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Joseph Refalo

15th place: “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) - Roberta Sacco

14th place: “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) - Kurt Galea

13th place: “Fjura li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) - Laura Bruno

12th place: “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Sebastian Calleja

11th place: “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

10th place: “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) - K4

09th place: “Vittorja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese

08th place: “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat

07th place: “Wasal iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Neville Refalo

06th place: “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Clive Muscat

05th place: “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) - Grecia Bezzina

04th place: “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici

 

Best Young Talent: “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese

Televoting Award: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar

 

03rd place: “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) - Karen DeBattista

02nd place: “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kaya

01st place: “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) - Dario Bezzina

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 19 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Joseph Mizzi, and featuring Sandra Grech as a member. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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In the aftermath of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, the attention of the local music scene quickly turns to the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, another music competition which features original songs in Maltese, capping a successful series of months for our national language.

This year’s edition of the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be returning back to it’s home-base on The Granaries in Floriana, noting that 12 months ago, the festival was staged at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, something of a rare occasion.

23 entries will be sung on stage, but prior to that, there are still some eliminatory phases which need to be held, first starting off with the “Talent Żgħażugħ” category from which 3 songs will be chosen through a mixture of tele-voting (40%) and expert jury voting (60%). Those competing are as follows:

01. “Illum” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Sarah Camilleri (5230 2090)

02. “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Shaun Zaffarese (5230 2091)

03. “Kantali Waħda” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Matthias Brancaleone (5230 2092)

04. “Pittura” (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) – Cynthia Zaffarese (5230 2093)

05. “Tama” (Dominic Cini / Alison Ellul) – Christabelle Cuschieri (5230 2094)

06. “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) – Roberta Sacco (5230 2095)

07. “Bejn Ħalltejn” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila / Clifton Casha) – Kylie Grixti (5230 2096)

08. “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Josuel Grech (5230 2097)

09. “Jien Min Jien” (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) – Sherona Debono (5230 2098)

10. “Mhux Bħal Darí” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Charlene Mercieca Magro (5230 2099)

3 songs have also been shortlisted with the “Talent Stabbilit” category yet will be requiring the full support of the public at home, noting that during the second phase of the competition these songs originally ranked between 21st and 23rd. Those competing are as follows:

01. Speċjali (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) – Aidan Cassar (5230 2051)

02. Jien Lilek Irrid (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) – Jillianne Camilleri (5230 2052)

03. Xemx fiż-Żerniq (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Janice Mangion (5230 2053)

The rest of the field, therefore 20 in total features acts who have taken part in other national competitions such as the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”, “Junior Eurovision Song Contest” and also “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Jr”. Those competing are as follows:

01. “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) – Dario Bezzina (5230 2070)

02. “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) – Dorcas Debono (5230 2071)

03. “Fjura Li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) – Laura Bruno (5230 2072)

04. “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) – Grecia Bezzina (5230 2073)

05. “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Danica Muscat (5230 2074)

06. “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) – Dominic & Ina (5230 2075)

07. “Wasal Iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Neville Refalo (5230 2076)

08. “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Dwett (5230 2077)

09. “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri lucas / Joe Chircop) – Kaya (5230 2078)

10. “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) – Domenique (5230 2079)

11. “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) – Sebastian Calleja (5230 2080)

12. “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Clive Muscat (5230 2081)

13. “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) – Kurt Galea (5230 2082)

14. “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Joseph Refalo (5230 2083)

15. “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Odessa Ann Green (5230 2084)

16. “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) – Karen DeBattista (5230 2085)

17. “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) – K4 (5230 2086)

18. “Riħ Mil-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) – Jessica Magro (5230 2087)

19. “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Sarah Bonnici (5230 2088)

20. “Saltna Fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) – Amulet (5230 2089)

On the right hand side to each competing entry, there is a number which duly corresponds to the televoting portion of the competition. In the “Talent Stabbilit”, the televoting winner is handed out as a seperate award, but the other sections have different rules and regulations as stated above. This year’s “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be taking place on Monday 19th September, and is organised under the auspices of Media.Link Communications. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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Local society has somewhat become infatuated with using the English language as a main source of dialogue which is definitely a positive for the upcoming generation as they head into a world which mainly uses the language. Nevertheless, Maltese is a national form of speech and writing and it is stunning that competitions like the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and L-Għanja tal-Poplu still support music written in Maltese because original tracks are already hard to come by and this is the manner which could still support one of the core elements of a national identity. This years' edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu officially commenced yesterday and escflashmalta.com is in a position to exclusively  reveal that 38 entries have been submitted.

Philip Vella, Janvil, Corazon, Walter Micallef, Ina Robinich, Kaya, Eleanor Cassar and Glen Vella could all list themselves as winners of the renowned competition throughout the years with more recent participants being Grecia Bezzina and Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 semi-finalist; Janice Mangion. Last year, L-Għanja tal-Poplu received around 42 entries and therefore, one could denote that despite the drop, the amount of submissions is roughly around the same. Should the quality be somewhat similar, then the people are clearly in for a treat. The finalists are expected to be released within the next couple of days whilst the competition is set to take place on the 20th April 2013 at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and ghanjafest.com for all of the latest news. 

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ONE Television, is one of the key elements behind the success of the Għanja tal-Poplu competition and promoting upcoming local talent is quite important because one has to preserve the language that has been terms as a brand identity for several years. The renowned local competition is just one of two in the music industry and has been well regarded by musicians, songwriters and performers alike. The organisation of the showcast last year was remarkable and one could definitely notice that the year off was a time to rebrand, and come back stronger. At the end of the evening, the top three were none other than Kultural, Grecia Bezzina and Kantilena and the people somewhat seemed content by the proceedings of the evening.

The 37th edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place 20th April 2013 in the same aforementioned venue and escflashmalta.com is proud to be a main promotional partner. You could view a copy of the regulations on the official website. One could easily note that there have been no real changes from the previous years noting that all of the submitted tracks must adhere to the typical idea that they cannot include any obscenities or partisan propaganda. They also be within the time frame of three minutes and a half, not more. All of the instruments have to be played live on stage for those who end up making it through to the final stage of the competition which we remind you will be held on the 20th April 2013 within Sir Temi Żammit Hall. The committee of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be receiving entries within the YTC Offices at 227, Merchants Street in Valletta on Friday 1st March 2013 between 10:30 and 11:30 as well as 19:00 and 21:00 CET respectively. Stay tuned to more information on escflashmalta.com as well as the official page on social networking website, Facebook.

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The Maltese language has always been an underdog but managed to survive each time, coming up stronger and more beneficial than any other counterparts which have proven otherwise. Discussions about this element have always come about especially from within some of the most distinctive individuals in the local music industry because the only competitions that tend to see through this promotion are none other than the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Għanja tal-Poplu. The focus this time round is on the latter with thirty six years of history behind it and clear concepts with regards to live instruments. In fact, the committee thought best to reinvent themselves earlier this year as the competition took place within the Sir Temi Żammit Hall in Msida and aired on ONE Television, as well through an online webcast in order to reach several people whose love for the Maltese language continues across the globe.

The 37th edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place 20th April 2013 in the same aforementioned venue and escflashmalta.com is proud to be a main promotional partner presenting you the rules and regulations in an exclusive manner. In fact, you can download your copy here or view them here. We have already been through the regulations and could easily note that there have been no real changes from the previous years noting that all of the submitted tracks must adhere to the typical idea that they cannot include any obscenities or partisan propaganda. They also be within the time frame of three minutes and a half, not more. All of the instruments have to be played live on stage for those who end up making it through to the final stage of the competition which we remind you will be held on the 20th April 2013 within Sir Temi Żammit Hall. The committee of the Għanja tal-Poplu will be receiving entries within the YTC Offices at 227, Merchants Street in Valletta on Monday 18th February 2013 between 10:30 and 11:30 as well as 19:00 and 21:00 CET respectively.

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The jury will be responsible for noting the lyrics, the music and the combination and therefore it is imperative that the submitted production will have a merge of the two together combined by good vocals. Whilst there is no real element of what the subject should be about, the competition does suggest that people stick to a social theme which will also include a separate award. This years' edition proved to be quite intriguing to be honest noting that there was a renewed interest. At the end of the competition, third place was given to the group Kantilena with the song Baħħar, second place was given to the track Tal-Komma Twila performed by Grecia Bezzina and the winning entry Malta Tiegħi performed by Kultural. The most successful artist in this competition in recent years has surely been Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 finalist; Corazon who has won the competition three of the last five years. Once more the prizes will involve competing in other showcases abroad. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and għanjafest.com for all of the latest news with regards to the 2013 edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:15

KKI 2012: A Stunning Spectacle Tonight

Mike Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Tarcisio Barbara, Claudette Buttigieg and Kaya could all note to have at least one thing in common and that is being winners of the elite Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been organized by Media.Link Communications for a numerous number of years, noting that this years' edition will be the twenty-first in total and fifteenth consecutive one as a matter of fact. The committee behind the competition led by Mark Azzopardi and including members of the escflashmalta.com editorial team have worked hard to include a number of innovations in the past two years noting the beginning of a seating area which would definitely keep the audience at bay as well as the official preview videos for each track to help aid in terms of promotion. There is stiff competition this evening, featuring twenty acts that will be leading the way in the Established Category and another four acts who will compete in the Teenage Category as revealed last week on Indifest as shown on NET Television.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted on The Granaries in Floriana by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa and will be featuring guest performances by Mike Spiteri who returns as last years' winner as well as Kurt Calleja and his band who represented Malta in this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit never managing to make it through to the final stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the meantime, it has to be noted that there will be a number of awards that will be given out this evening including the online voting which has been ongoing through mychoice.pn, the tele-voting through the clips which have been put online and on NET Television throughout the summer and also the jury voting as chosen by Media.Link Communications. The latter two will be important for both categories with a separate award for the Established Category for each and a combined vote for the Teenage Category which will feature 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting. escflashmalta.com would like to wish everyone the best of luck and invite the people to attend or tune into NET Television at 20:30 CET to watch the proceedings unravel live.

Teenage Category

01. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

02. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

03. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa)

04. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri)


Established Category

01. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

02. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

03. Rebbiħin - Francesca Sciberras (Miriam Christine / Celestina Sciberras)

04. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit) 

05. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

06. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

07. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

08. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace)

09. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)

10. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

11. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

12. Mhux L-Ewwel Darba - Neville, Ivan u Claire (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

13. Dan Mhux Tmiem - Corinne Caruana (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace)

14. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

15. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

16. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

17. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali)

18. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

19. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

20. Id-Demm ta' Raymond - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, My Choice, escflashmalta.com

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Monday, 10 September 2012 20:00

Malta: Grecia Bezzina Headlines Local Event

Recognition in the local music industry is quite a difficult thing to achieve especially due to the fact that the amount of performers which are putting themselves forward is somewhat too high at points in time but nevertheless with competitions such as the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Għanja tal-Poplu, there is variety and a different audience for each. Taking the latter into perspective, the renowned local festival returned earlier this year following a one year break and was covered into detail by escflashmalta.com due to the fact that a number of senior editorial board members were involved in a number of tracks including the runner-up entry, that being Tal-Komma Twila penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss, composed by Dario Bezzina and ultimately performed by Grecia Bezzina. Nevertheless, it has to be noted that the organizers of the Għanja tal-Poplu would like to extend their appreciation towards the local music scene by holding a free event on Wednesday 12th September as from 19:30 CET onwards in Valletta within the Upper Barrakka Gardens. 

 

Headlining the event will be none other than brother and sister duo Dario and Grecia Bezzina, who have already been mentioned above and are quickly garnering a name for themselves in the industry with the male having been the runner-up at the Junior Eurosong back in 2004 with the track Eviva L-Mużika and also making it through to the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions whilst reaching the finals of the Għanja tal-Poplu twice in 2006 and 2010 and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza five times including from 2008 until this year making it five times in a row. He was also the backing vocalist for Amber in this years' Malta Eurovision Sogn Contest as she romped into third place with the track Answer With Your Eyes. Grecia Bezzina is quickly becoming a household name as well having been in the Għanja tal-Poplu twice, once through the Żagħżagħ category and once this year, having also been in the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest once, a two time finalist of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2009 and 2012 respectively whilst also being one time finalist in the Malta Hit Song Contest back in 2010. She accompanied Francesca Borg and Annalise Ellul as a backing vocal in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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In the meantime, there will be another host of acts participating during the evening including none other than Justin Galea who has been studying in the Untied Kingdom in the past couple of months. He will be joined by Ruth Abela who has just returned from touring in Spain alongside her group Troffa Ħamra y Les Mechones. They will be further more accompnied by Mark on the drums and they will be giving the audience present a mixture of local and international music to add a little bit of flavour to the general show. Later on the evening, Justin will be joining Antonio Olivari and they will be performing a host of original tracks. Antonio himself will be accompanying Mario Debono who will be performing a number of tracks from the local folk scene. The real treat of the evening will surely be the group Kultural, winners of the 2012 edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu competition. They will soon be leaving to perform in Turkey as part of their somewhat intriguing victory package and will be giving the audience a small glimpse of the set that they have prepared for the country.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:35

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Se Nibda Jien'

The subject of music represents universality and what better way to celebrate such an important talent such as vocal prowess through a bond which could only be created by siblings. The local music industry has had a fair share of individuals who have joined forces together through the means of music noting substantially people such as Natasha and Charlene as well as the Micallef trio featuring Richard, Wayne and Michelle respectively. It has to be noted that both have been part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past, each leaving their mark on the evolvement of the competition so to speak. Media.Link Communications have greatly acknowledged all type of artists throughout the years with the appointed jury notably voting for the best entries and ultimately performers whether they are competing as soloists, duets or even groups. Following the trio that was presented last week, attention is turned to a duet between a brother and a sister, Dario and Grecia Bezzina who will be performing the track Se Nibda Jien composed by Dario Bezzina himself with lyrics written by none other than singer/songwriter Rita Pace. All of the artists and their respective entries are receiving a lot of exposure including on NET Television and through viral website, YouTube following an official video recorded for all respective entries. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also giving their readers an insight into the tracks of this years' competition.

The subject of romance has somewhat become predominant in the local music industry especially when dealing with the likes of Maltese lyrics but then again, this is quite a different type of subject, going against the norm and coming up with something which is outside of the typical box. The title of the track can be translated into I Am Going to Start and it deals with a particular individual, which one can identify with personally who is not giving up for what he believes in and will continue to go against the will of the people in charge for the sake of being right and in favour of the positive and correct way of doing things. The track is performed between two and therefore, it is somewhat quite notable that it is seen more as a conversation. Nevertheless, the topic does not change and they continue debating that the individual should always hold his head up high as long as he is in the clear. The composer of the song as mentioned above is none other than the male singer and it is to be recorded that Dario has not really been writing for a very long time with his first track coming back in the Għanja tal-Poplu of 2009 having written the song Kamra Bla Ħitan before penning the music to the song Tal-Komma Twila for his sister in this years' Għanja tal-Poplu with lyrics by escflashmalta.com editor Emil Calleja Bayliss. Rita Pace is the woman behind the lyrics of this years' entry and she has already been mentioned on countless occasions in this years' analysis having penned quite a hefty amount of tracks in the competition.
 
Her success in the local music industry has come mostly as a songwriter despite being a veteran singer. The most notable successes which she has are surely a third place finish in the Malta Song for Europe competition in 2007 having written the lyrics for the song She Gives Me Wings performed by Klinsmann and composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas whilst also coming in third place just last year having written the lyrics for the song Eternita' performed by Janice Mangion and composed by Mark Scicluna. The performers of this song need not be introduced having already made their way in the local music scene with Dario Bezzina first stepping out of the 2004 edition of the Junior Eurosong with the song Eviva L-Mużika missing out by just one point prior to making it through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as the Malta Eurosong. Grecia Bezzina on the other hand has had less experience but is quickly rising to the occasion having been in the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the semi-finals of the Malta Eurosong as well as finishing as the runner-up in this years' edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu. She was a backing vocalist to Francesca Borg in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest as well. You can see the official video of the song just below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for more updates in the coming days.
 

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