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Maltese, the national and co-official language of Malta and somewhat the most popular in terms of daily communication noting that English plays a major role within several roles of the work place and education amongst other things. Last night, this language was given utmost importance through the medium of song noting that nineteen (19) original tracks were presented to an audience to highlight the respective use in a competition known as L-Għanja tal-Poplu. This annual showcase will soon be turning forty and therefore has a vast heritage with ample followers, both from a musical and a lyrical point of view. The evening was conducted by Frank O'Neill, a former finalist as well as Valerie Vella, former host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The event will be shown on ONE Television next Saturday but in the meantime, we can let you know the results of the evening nevertheless.

KulTural, winners of L-Għanja tal-Poplu in 2012 were the opening act last night as they reminded people what their entry Malta Tiegħi sounded like but nevertheless, the idea of having them open was well respected by the audience present as they joined the long list of winners to have graced the stage along the years. The organisation was spectacular and the respective committee alongside Robert Cefai and Norman Hamilton as representatives of the World Association for Festivals and Artists deserve all of the possible praise. The interval act as people awaited the final results was offered by a flamenco dance group known as Alegria and the finalists themselves who performed a medley of well known songs.

The committee has always been proud to recognise the talent of local artists and therefore, a special award was given to Sunny Aquilina, lyricist of The One That I Love and My Dream for his contribution to the local music scene. The committee have always put a lot of emphasis on the language and therefore, lyrics are always of the essence in this competition and this was seen within the choice of the jury for the evening, composed of scholars within the linguistics and literary field. Nevertheless, other individuals from the music and television industry who were present were none other than Joe Vella, the Radio 101 Disc Jockey and former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza judge along with Tony Cassar Darien, a brilliant actor known for several roles on television and the stage.

  • Best New Talent: Taħnina - Fiona Camilleri (Robert Carbonaro)
  • Best Singer/Songwriter - Sylvan Borg for Il-Maltin Bil-Politika Mehdijin
  • Best Social Theme: Virtwali - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard / Mark Scicluna)
  • Best Interpretation Award: Kuluri, Lwien - X-Tend (Charles Dalli)
  • Third Place: Pupazz - Rita Pace (Rita Pace / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Second Place: Signor Si - Dorothy Muscat (Sammy Galea / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • First Place: Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Congratulations to all of the winners of the awards on Saturday evening but also to the other competitors. The editorial team at escflashmalta.com would like to send their special wishes to none other than Emil Calleja Bayliss who wrote the lyrics to two entries performed during the evening, one being Għal Dejjem performed by Marie Claire Attard Bason to the tune of Mark Scicluna and the other one being Pupazz performed by Rita Pace who also composed the music. The latter was the recipient of the second runner-up position. It is surely another stepping stone.

Source: escflashmalta, Għanja Fest

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 02:28

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Fantasy'

The Public Broadcasting Services has carefully plotted the promotional campaign for each of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest by virtue of guest appearances on a number of television and radio shows through several mediums such as Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta. Interest in the competition is peaking now that the competition is less than a month away with several people trying their best to find out every ounce of information possible about each of the tracks and the performers. The first two entries were given their running order positions because they were drawn first and last respectively but nevertheless, the rest of the field will be coordinated by virtue of song genres in order to avoid the possibility of having a section of the show with one type of music. escflashmalta.com is giving all the artists exposure by virtue of reviews by high profile critics which do not reflect the opinion of the editorial board and will ultimately lead to an award which will be given during the programme Sas-Sitta on NET Television on the 9th February. The third performer is Danica Muscat who will be performing the song Fantasy composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia.

She Is a Diamond, the beautiful track found in Evita the Musical could gladly refer to the young talent that is Danica Muscat who has been somewhat going around the world competing in a number of showcases and coming away with several trophies including first place finishes in the Ti Amo Festival held in Romania as well as the Tralcio D'Oro which takes place in Italy. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that her local fame to existence following a stunning rendition of an original track entitled Stolen during the Malta Junior Eurosong competition in 2007, ultimately finishing in second place behind Cute and their entry Music which would only achieved a mid-table result at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Growing up, Danica had the opportunity to travel to Italy on countless occasions, after having been selected to take part in the show Io Canto on Canale 5 with the renowned Jerry Scott. She garnered experience and performed with the likes of Ornella Vanoni, Ron, Pierdavide Carone and Max Pezalli.  This experience also led to an official recording on the compilation of the second series of Io Canto performing the songs In Assenza Di Te, Sigla and Silent Night. In the past two years, she has been a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and also the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with 7 Days, Kliem Li M'Għidtlek Qatt and Indipendenti


Still a teenager, reaching the live stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was never going to be easy but Danica Muscat has managed for two consecutive years and this time round she is presenting a different type of entry in the form of Fantasy which many have seemed to dub as a rock ballad hence the look that she took up in the track which gladly suits the element of the track. Many people seem to comment on the sweet vocals that Danica adds to the performance along with a shimmer in the eye. The song is made special thanks to this element and might not have been carried out better if given to another performer. he guitars, drums and the slight electronic synthesizer create a full sound, one which is gladly required and somewhat readjusted from the original version of the track as heard during the announcement on the programme Xarabank. The songwriting duo behind this entry is made up of composer Paul Abela and lyricist Joe Julian Farrugia whose most predominant and successful entries have come forth with the group Trilogy who finished third in 2006 with This Heart of Mine, second in 2007 with Starlight and sixth in 2009 with The Song In Your Heart. It is important to denote that Paul Abela was the composer of Maltese Eurovision entries in 1991, 1996 and 2001 respectively whilst also conducting the 1992 entry.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 43%

Sharon Vaughn: I am quite disappointed to say that this is quite a weak song and the performance generally lacks strength. It seems that the artist might be inexperienced in this type of track.

Martin Isherwood: Strong melody but let down by unclear lyrics. Lyrics unclear as to meaning. Lovely voice. Nice key change out of the first chorus. Ill advised solo! Good musically, could be stronger lyrically but could do well 

Stano Simor: This is a performer who seems to depend on her image in the competition and feels very home on stage but nevertheless, the tracks feels like something coming out of the 80's with such an arrangement. Guitar solos are now longer the tend in the Eurovision Song Contest. This young singer should select a track for her age and has everything in her favour except the song.

Roberto Meloni: Young and talented girl, but my my, this is quite a boring song… After 30 seconds of listening to it, I felt they changed the rules of Eurovision, allowing songs which could last 10 minutes.

Lina Eriksson: This, for me, is an ok song. Not more, not less.  I think it will have a hard time making it in this competition though. The old-school guitar from the 90’s in the background is a big no-no if you ask me. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com


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