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Through their online news portal MaltaRightNow, Media.Link Communications issued the names of the finalist entries, and their respective performers for the 2015 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Following an unspecified number of submissions, as received on the 17th July 2015, a professional panel of judges whittled down the entries, choosing those which reflected the saying 'music to their ears' before coming up with 40 songs, all of which were re-interpreted with LIVE vocals by their respective artists. At the end of this process, the 20 finalists were selected.

In the lists below, there are two (3) singers with more than one (1) entry, and the song which has an asterisk (*) next to their name will either have to be given to another performer, or else be withdrawn from the competition, and thus replaced by the 21st entry in the original list of results. At this stage of the competition, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in order to find out what will happen with the final list of participants for the 2015 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Taqsima Kantanti Stabbiliti

Dment li Malti Ħaj (Ray Agius / Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina

Għal Dejjem (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone (*)

Ħdejk (Philip Vella) - Joseph Refalo

Ħolm tat-Tfal (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Laura Bruno

Insellimlek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat

Int u Jien (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - Ana-Maria Grima

Kelma Bejn Tnejn (Andrew Zahra / Rita Attard) - Michela Dalli

Kun Imbierek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Ingrid Vella) - Simone Gauci

Kuraġġ (Analise Mifsud) - Analise Mifsud

Ma Jien Xejn (Marco Debono / Rita Attard) - Mandy Tabone

Ma Ninsa Qatt (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

Miegħek Malta Independenti (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Cherise Attard

Nann (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire

Onestà (Frederick Camilleri) - Laura Bruno (*)

Orrizonti (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone

Pinokkju (Chan Vella / Kevin Tanti) - Neville Refalo

Primadonna (Clinton Paul / Stephen Baldacchino) - Rita Pace

Rivali (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

Teżor (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kurt Cassar

Tħalluħx (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Domenique

Żmien Sabiħ (Joe Formosa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Antonella Rapa

 

Taqsima Kantanti Ġodda 

Bix-Xejn (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

Fis-Seba' Sema (Cyprian Cassar / Rita Pace) - Nicole Borg

Għandi Ħolma (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Francesco Pio Attard) - Mikaela Bajada

Iċ-Ċinju (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro

Il-Leħen Li Hemm Fik (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Sarah Micallef Muscat

Jien (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Naomi Busuttil

Lampa Stampa (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette

Miskin (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette (*)

Opportunità (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Marlon Bianco

Sabiħ (Chan Vella / Rita Pace) - Rebecca Bilocca

Following the success of newcomer Michela Galea, whose entry "Mixja Li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino was a worthy winner, it seems that interest is well and truly alive, noting the belief that the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza may once more make a name for itself as a scouting competition, with previous winners including; Amber (ESC 2015), Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Miriam Christine (ESC 1996), Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995) and Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001, 2006).

Source: MaltaRightNow, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_zQVIxRivU

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:15

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR6FSppbTbg

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:15

KKI 2012: Four Finalists Join Festivities

The last edition of the programme Indifest before the final night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was quite special as the finalists of the Talent Żagħżugħ were announced. The programme presented by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa welcomed most of the participants in the studio today and alongside the Chairman Mark Azzopardi, explained that instead of three songs, four were going to make it to the Granaries in Floriana because of a tie in third place. The final vote was decided by a 60% tele-vote and 40% jury vote as it will be during the final next week.

The judges in this phase were the formidable Julie Zahra, who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 and is a renowned vocal coach now based in the UK, Gianluca Cappitta who is a member of the leading band The Crowns, Rene Mamo, an established composer and producer who wrote for various festivals during the last century. Alongside side these judges there was also Doris Chetcuti a renowned lyricist who reached a number of festivals and had numerous successes and Lyndsay Pace who has slowly worked her way up the ladder of success and managed nominations at wins at the Malta Music Awards and the Bay Music Awards in recent years.

The four finalists who will be performing on the Granaries in Floriana on the 18th September will be none other than Maria & Justine who will be performing their song Ħbieb Ta’ Veru composed by Kaya and written by Chris Azzopardi as well as Antoine & Kayleigh who will be interpreting their song Il-Libertà composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa. The third finalist announced was Antonella Rapa who will be singing X'Qaltli L-Arzella written by Joe Friggieri to the music of Mark Spiteri Lucas whilst the last finalist announced was Sarah Bonnici who will be singing the song Bil-Bnadar F’Idejna penned by Joe Chircop to the composition of Miriam Christine Warner.

The voting lines for the four songs reopened yesterday evening and the votes they got in the first phase will be carried forward to this phase. The Committee of this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza would like to thank both the Jury and the viewers for voting in this years' Talent Żagħżugħ whilst escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate all of the participants in this years' festival and hope that they continue to establish themselves within the local music scene. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)

The 21st edition of the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be taking place next week with preparations now in full swing with the organizing committee making the final arrangements as they prepare for the rehearsals which will be taking place in just seven days time noting that the final run through would be taking place on the morning of the competition itself. The venue as has been the case almost every year except when weather wasn't permitted have been the Granaries in Floriana which have now hosted some of the most amazing concerts in history including those of Joseph Calleja for the past three years. Nevertheless, one week before the festival does take place, Indifest will be hosted and it will be quite the show because apart from the weekly performances which people have come to expect from the acts taking part in the Established Category, there will also be the revelation of the finalists of the Teenage Category along with a performance by a special guest as has also come to be expected each week.

This year, the teenage category will be crowning the fifth winner having seen the likes of Gabrielle Massa, Dian Bland, Cherylis Camilleri and Angelica Portelli triumph in the past four years since the competition began back in 2008 to resounding success. The difference between the past and the present though is the way that the result has been worked out noting that the jury had a 60% say in the final proceedings this time round with the public still having a 40% weighing in the outcome. Ultimately this was the way forward with talent being given the most importance. This evening, the performers of the ten participating entries will be present in the studio awaiting the announcement of the finalists as made by Christine Haber, Ronald Briffa and the Chairman of the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza; Mark Azzopardi. Prior to the announcement this evening, we would like to remind you that you can still watch the videos of the songs below.

01. Aħna ż-Żagħżagħ - Maria Debono (Kaya / Joe Chircop)

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

03. Ftakar Fl-Imħabba - Jade Amber Muscat (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

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

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

06. L-Ewwel Imħabba - Darlene Sammut (Kaya / Rita Pace)

07. Niftakar Fik - Derrick Schembri (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

08. Noli - Natalya Galdes (Rita Pace)

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

10. X'Sar Minnhom - Mikaela Bajada (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

This evening, the performances will continue from the Established Category as well noting that taking to the stage this evening will be Kylie Coleiro with the track Ħalluni composed by PhiliP Vella and penned by Joe Chircop as well as Corinne Caruana who had to reschedule as she fell ill a couple of weeks ago and was unable to attend. She will be performing the track Dan Mhux Tmiem composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace. In the meantime, there will also be a special performance this evening given by none other than the reigning winner of the Teenage Category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, that being the Gozitan Angelica Portelli who will be giving a performance of the track Ejjew Nieqfu composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop. This has to be the most filled programme of the series but nevertheless, headlined by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa as hosts, it will be quite the showcase this evening. Make sure that you tune to NET Television for the final programme of Indifest before the actual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: Media.Link Communications, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEFbjLJZhqg

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:15

KKI 2012: Ninth Programme of Indifest Tonight

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been highly regarded as one of the leading competitions in the local music industry throughout the years and this is due to the fact that it proudly promotes the Maltese language as one of the finest foundations of a whole identity. In fact, in this present day and age, it remains as only one of two showcases alongside the Għanja tal-Poplu which have such a clear tradition of original tracks in the Maltese language. The interest remains extremely high and the turn out in terms of submissions has always been maintained with the quality improving drastically in the past couple of years noting the inclusion of extremely professional judges who have sought to select the best possible tracks to represent the musical mood of the present generation whilst keeping in tact with professional prowess. In the past, there have been a multitude of well known names to finish at the top of the competition with acts such as Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Lawrence Gray, Ira Losco, Kaya and Annabelle Debono triumphing in the end. The committee behind the competition is led by leading television host Mark Azzopardi who is also acting as producer of the flagship programme Indifest which airs every Tuesday night hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa with special interviews done by James Cassar.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted for the twenty-first time this year actually and features a host of new, upcoming talent, especially individuals who were part of the teenage category just a couple of years back, rightfully earning their place in the local music industry in recent months. Apart from meeting four (4) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and two (2) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last weeks' edition of the programme featured none other than Natasha and Charlene, who were the winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza way back in 2004 with the track L-Arka Tal-Libertà as well as in 2008 with the group Is-Sitta as they performed the song Flimkien Nistgħu Nirnexxu. Joining them on the show at a later stage was also Nadine Axisa who was also a winner of the competition in 2003 alongside Roger Tirazona with the track Inħarsu 'l Quddiem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1dBtCE-_4

This years' programme is being produced by none other than Media.Link Communications and thus NET Television but the individuals concerned are Lisa Libreri as well as Mark Azzopardi, who as mentioned above is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. The decision to have him on a dual role is one of the best ones that has ever been taken and this is because the competition is best promoted in this manner. The first act to take to this stage this evening during Indifest will be none other than Francesca Sciberras who will be performing the track Rebbiħin composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Celestina Sciberras with the second guests on the show being none other than the only trio in this years' competition featuring Neville, Ivan and Claire with the track Mhux L-Ewwel Darba composed by Augusto Cardinali and penned by Giovann Attard. As always, those competing in the Established Category will be promoting their track but will be performing playback

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad138oaMWEg

In the meantime, there is also a performance from the teenage category and that will be quite important so to speak due to the fact that the performance will be assessed by a panel of appointed judges in the coming weeks. This will be the final week in which entries from this category will be presented actually noting that next week will mark the announcement of the three (3) finalists, those who will be performing in front of a seated crowd at the Granaries in Floriana. Those who will be taking to the studios to perform this week will be none other than Antonella Rapa who will be singing the track X'Qaltli L-Arzella composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Friggieri as well as Maria & Justine who will perform the track Ħbieb ta' Veru composed by Kaya and penned by Christopher Azzopardi. It is to be noted that despite the fact that tele-voting plays a very important role in this latter category, this year, there has been a reduction in the respective percentage owing to the final outcome with just 40% attributed leaving the other 60% to the jury as already mentioned above. The idea is to make sure that the people who make it through to the final stage of the competition ultimately deserve to be there.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUfHGEYSt3o

Last week, there was also supposed to be the performance by Corinne Caruana but she had to pull out due to being ill unfortunately with rescheduling also taking place noting that she will be appearing in the programme next week in order to promote her track Dan Mhux Tmiem. Nevertheless, there will be a guest for this weeks' programme as has been the case in previous weeks and this time round it will be none other than Klinsmann, a two time participant in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having finished in third place back in 2007 as well as winning the public award with the track KC1FM whilst taking part also last year with the track Ħajjitna most likely finishing in second place in the tele-voting portion of the competition having been in the position for a very long time. Make sure to tune into NET Television tonight at 20:30 CET to watch another filled programme of Indifest. 

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlBxZVy5yks