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Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:00

Malta: L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 - LIVE

Il-Lejl it-Tajjeb! On the 3rd February, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu released the song titles and the names of the songwriters of each of the sixteen (16) qualifiers. It was also announced that seventy-one (71) submissions were received, the highest since its return to the local music scene a couple of years ago, denoting that the changes made to the competition have been appreciated by artists, songwriters and producers alike.

In the past of days, escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to speak to almost all of the finalists in a series of interviews published under the logo acronym GħTP. It was a scintillating experience, and one got to know more about the artists, and the songs they are presenting in the competition. For the very first time in a relatively long period of time, the event hosted by Josephine Ebejer Grech and Clint Bajada will be airing LIVE on ONE Television as from 20:15 CET, and therefore we thought it best to cover the proceedings as they occur in a song-by-song account. Those who wish to view the event on internet may also do so through the official website of the private broadcaster, ONE Television.

The Show (Part 1)

Il-Lejla t-tajba. We kick off the show with the choir of the night! It is a colourful mixture of kids and young singers. What a pleasant energy they are radiating! It is a medley comprising of succesful songs from past editions such as Wellidni and It-Tfal tal-lum.  

Clint and Josephine now appear on stage opening the 38th edition of this festival, thanking main sponsors and contributors. Moreover, Clint encourages all present and those watching to sit back and relax, enoy such a very relaxing show, which has a history of being very calm and enjoyable! 
 

Running Order

01. Mara - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zammit)

The very first song is a relatively powerful one. It's a celebration of the power of women and the music blends really well with the message of the song, uttered by the woman narrating abuse and lack of respect from others, mainly from her male counterparts. Attard Bason looks very confident and on stage there are 8 people, two of them backing vocalists but the attention is still on the singer. The determination and consciousness of the woman narrating her past and today's courage are marked very well on her face and in the firmness of her voice! An absolutely great entry! 

02. Il-Quċċata – 7 Spadi (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

The first male singer for the night and he seems very sure of what he is singing about and the anger for that someone that is corrupt and doing what he used to complain about is very evident in his voice! It's like he is telling him off in reality! The chorus is quite catchy and basically delivers a good lesson to those who are ready to do anything to garner power despite the harm they might inflict on others! The title of the song itself represents this fight for power. It's quite a good entry and I would love to listen to it once again! A job well done.  

03. Numri - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard, Mark Scicluna)

Estelle looks very elegant and delicate but there's something in her first moves that tell me she's a bit anxious, the first singer to make me think about this. But she now settles down and focuses on her emotions, looking very pensive and nervous, narrating a difficult life of vice and vicious circles going into one another. The atmosphere on stage is absolutely adequate for this song and the blue is very calm. "Ħajti vojta jekk ma nissugrax" champions the prevalent theme of abuse and harshness of life for this festival. This is a very emotional song delivered by a charming lady doing justice to her song! Thumbs up Estelle!

04. Rutina – Tmien Ħabbiet (Jonathan Laferla, Charlie Bonnici)

  Rutina, sung by Tmien Ħabbiet kicks off with a very systematic rythm which am not sure whether is running in some bad order. It does not convince me at times and the singing does not really blend will with the  lyrics. The voices too, they do not mix really pleasantly either but i DO like the kind of interval in singing for "Hawn Sabiħa!". It's quite authentic. Listening to this once is enough I think. 

05. Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti - Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi u l-Likes (Frank O'Neill) 

This is a very avantegarde song making use of a huge number of words recently doing their way into the Maltese parlance, such as wajers, plajers and the very popular STESSU. Frank's hat is quite original and Christabelle's facial expressions are absolutely flawless, accompanying the lyrics . The band resembling that of the village festa is quite authentic as well! Great! Not amongst my favourite but I did enjoy this! 

06. Il-Karba tal-Mument - Christian Arding (Kevin Tanti, Chan Vella)

Christian appears on piano in a very quite and calm posture. He is well focused and lets the words out very pleasantly but also in a strong voice, narrating the unfortunate destiny of a lonely individual lacking parents' affection. However, this atmosphere ought to be consolidated by everyone on stage and no just the singer! One of the guitarist strangely smiles a bit too much and it really did not go down well with me! Another one about the negatives of life! This is well expected in this festival! I like this!

07. Fejn Huma? - Daniel Borg (George Cassar, Daniel Borg)

 Wow! This song begins without the music and it allows all attention on the words and his manner of delivery is like a very casual daily conversation! Interjections such as "Illaħwa"  and "illistrina" turn this song into a relevant message accompanied by music, making reference to recent issues that on a national basis made it to the headlines quite a number of times, such as the Mistra issue. The theme is quite common but it has been transformed quite well and this stands out: "Malta fittex erġa' ejja lura għal li kont"! If only this becomes true! Brilliant!

08. Jien Ma Naħdimx - Karen DeBattista (Rita Pace, Mark Scicluna)

Another elegant singer! Karen has something in her eyes giving power to this fragile female housewife, and she too seems quiet. The lyrics make me go nuts literally for they kind of support the stereotype rather than try and challenge it but the hell with this! I like this song, I like the singer and also the fact that the audience goes clapping in the midst of it! "Jien ma naħdimx imma ma nieqaf qatt", ok it does not challenge the stereotype but it does give us a clear indication of the pity reality many women are living in nowadays! Amazing song, amazing stage setting and choice of everything really! Kudos Karen! To the top three she must go!

09. Immigrant Regolari - Teddie Zammit (Rita Pace, Teddie Zammit)

What strikes me most is the energy that Mark Lawrence is radiating! He seems so passionate playing the piano. Teddie with quite an emotion narrates the life in transition of a migrating bird  and it does remind me of the fate of human immigrants but it really does not stand out, except for the last bit, whereby the music changes course. Still, does not impress me.

10. Pupa - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

Denise to me appears like a younger Corazon, delivering a very strong interpretation of her song! I like all the energy and the control she has on her voice. Simply calm and pleasant! Thumbs up to this too!

11. Il-Bamboċċu, Il-Bambinu u l-Budaj - Frans Casha (Frans Casha)

And off we go to a year or two back. Something went wrong but we're now back on track and the song kicked off as expected seconds later. This might seem old fashioned, considering all songs preceding it and looking at the backing vocaist wearing a traditioanlly Maltese dress and head piece but it does make us think of the prevalent music of the past. The dominant colour on stage is red and White, a strong link to the Maltese flag and identity. Frans Casha is accompanied by a female voice which blends quite well but does not blend quite well all the energy of the the young man behind him on the synthesizer. Frans's calmness contrasts quite well with all his head movements! It does not do justice really! A very average entry.

12. Wara l-Kanċell - Miriam Christine u Olivia Lewis (J J Farrugia, Miriam Christine)

Miriam Christine starts off the song playing the piano and she immediately immerses us in their mysterious world. Olivia is on the other hand standing in centre stage and their voices are kind of AMAZING! They perfectly accompany each other without any faults! Olivia delivers the song firmly and Miriam Christine is all focused on the playing and her singing! It's quite a breathtaking entry! I really do not want this to reach its final seconds! They have the perfect pronounciation and synchronisation! Ought to WIN. 

13. BħalGħasfura - Mario Debono (Mario Debono)

Do not know wheter David Azzopardi with his Pastizzi chant or the Greenfields have taken over the stage but Mario is managing to make me sing to his tune! It's quite a relaxing song but I would have preferred him singing alone rather than along the backing vocalist! The melody is quite enjoyable too. This probably will be forgotten very soon. 

14. Djarju ta' Tifkiriet - Simone Gauci (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Simone seems very focused and all serious but then she breaks into a very sweet smile and her emotion follows the lyrics! She delivers her song with a delicate passion that is convincing. The chorus is absolutely fascinating, magical I dare say, it's flowing pace is quite authentic too. Standing on the same spot with a standing microphone is the right choice and Simone's gaze at the end completes the circle! This is a promising entry! Would like to listen to it once again! 

15. Liberat – Teddie Zammit (George Cassar, Teddie Zammit)

And once again, it's Teddie. But he's back with another song that does not really impress me! The stage setting suits the song really well and this time round this guitarist does make justice to the song for he follows the correct emotion and gestures, so thumbs up to this young champ! I like the ending and how the song fades away to its final seconds. 

16. Insellmulkom - Domenique (Joe Chircop, Philip Vella)

And the final song, entitled Insellmulkom looks like it is hinting the final entry for this 38th edition of the festival! But it surely does NOT deserve a final ranking for it is a very powerful song! Domenique is not new to such festivals and surely not with this theme! It reminds me of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and it stands out particulary tonight for it's the sole song bearing a patriothic theme. She goes very high in her notes and looks determined to succeed and make our ex Presidents and Prime Ministers feel very proud! It's a song thanking all those who stood up for our country and showed courage! She looks magnificent and does great justice to the lyrics! Another song chasing the trophy for the night!

The Show (Part 2)

All 16 songs are now being scrutinised by the Jury, comprising of David Aloisio, Vince Fabri, Rosabelle Bianchi, Eric Montfort, Elaine Falzon, Kevin Farrugia, Maria Abdilla and David Azzopardi. 

In the meantime there's a long intermission.  

There is now an interview with Walter Micallef about the history of the Maltese song during turbulent times and the need to give the song in Maltese the respect and attention it deserves! 

Corazon follows Walter and speaks about her first debut at the l-Għanja tal-Poplu way back in 2006 with Kieku Taf.  She ends by emphasising the need to keep on producing good quality songs in Maltese so as to keep the pace and keep on developing and safeguarding our national language. 

And back to Sir Temi Zammit Hall. 

Clint points out that this is a celebration of anything that makes us Maltese!
Now it's time for the Għanja tal-Poplu Choir with its contribution entitled L-Għanja tal-Maltin.  

Now Corazon is delivering three of her songs included in her recent album: Hawn Jien. The first one was Illejla b'Xejn and now she's delivering Id-Dar tan-Nanna.  Before delivering the last song, she elaborates a bit on this album and emphasises that good quality music in Maltese may arouse very strong emotions. Her final song is going on now and it is Jgħidu Kien Hawn Raġel. 

And it is now! Results are soon to be released!

The best Young Talent: Pupa (Denise Spiteri) 
The Best Interpretation: Il-Karba tal-Mument (Christian Arding) 
The best Singer/writer: Kif xrobtuli l-Menti (Frank O'Neil) 
The best Social Theme:  Rita Pace (Il-Quċċata)
2nd Runner up: Wara l-Kanċell (Miriam Christine and Olivia Lewis) 
1st Runner up: Kif Xrobtuli l-Menti (Frank O'Neil, Christabelle Curmi u l-Likes)
WINNER: Jien ma Naħdimx (Karen DeBattista)

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:15

GħTP 14: Interview with Karen DeBattista

L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a music competition with original songs in Malta is turning thirty-eight (38) in a couple of days whilst encountering a resurgence, noting that the amount of submissions this year reached seventy-one (71), the highest in reality since the committee introduced the element of live instruments during the performances. escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the seventh act in our series; Karen DeBattista who will be performing the song Jien Ma Naħdimx composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace.

Karen DeBattista, a newcomer to the local music scene whose vocals have well and truly been recognised by a couple of professional personnel, seeing you through to the finals of the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and now, L-Għanja tal-Poplu. How have you as an artist grown throughout these competitions and what lies ahead in the future?

I must say that taking part in local competitions surely helps artists to grow first and foremost with regards to confidence and stage presence. I remember my first time on stage; I was absolutely petrified. By time I realised that all that was needed was self-assurance and experience. It also widens an artist’s circle of musical companions, meaning that with each experience I made new friends, both singers, and also composers and authors. I hope to work on new projects, although I don’t like to plan too far into the future. We’ll see what comes my way in the future!

Jien Ma Naħdimx, composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

The song is a simple ballad, yet its simplicity in music compliments the lyrics while allowing the audience to follow the theme of the song. The lyrics are directed towards society’s view with regards to the role of housewives. We seem to be under the impression that women who opt not to find a paying job have all the time in the world to do whatever they please.

In reality, the work which has to be done with regards to taking care of the family and doing all that is necessary to make a house a home requires the same, if not more, effort than a ‘regular’ job. There is no payment for a housewife’s work; all that she would want is the gratitude shown by family members and the proper importance given to her by society.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CShSN9jTJfc

L-Għanja tal-Poplu is known to be a celebration of lyrical prowess amongst friends, noting that the competitive feel is very much forgotten during rehearsals or the actual night of the competition. With ONE, the most successful private broadcaster in Malta supporting this event, it seems to denote its successful reputation. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

Without a doubt! I believe that we need to push more boundaries with regards to local music especially when it comes to writing lyrics in Maltese. I sincerely hope that this particular competition leads the way to similar productions in the future. Our language is a jewel, especially when combined with sweet music composed by so many talented musicians. 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to encourage the audience to be part of this celebration of local talent; it means the world to us performers!

Source: Official Website, Official Facebook Page, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Photo)

Published in Interviews
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:55

GħTP 2014: Running Order for Final Unveiled

On the 3rd February, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu released the song titles and the names of the songwriters of each of the sixteen (16) qualifiers. It was also announced that seventy-one (71) submissions were received, the highest since its return to the local music scene a couple of years ago, denoting that the changes made to the competition have been appreciated by artists, songwriters and producers alike. In the coming days, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with each of the artists confirmed as participants in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, dealing with the social theme, and also past experiences in the music industry.

On Wednesday evening, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu unveiled the running order for this years’ edition having just finished a series of promotional shoots, one for the postcards which will accompany each entry as well as the photographs which will be used for press releases in leading local tabloids. At this point in time, we have no clue with regards to the quality of the songs, but nevertheless, the professional jury had an extremely difficult time to decide which sixteen (16) deserved to get through. escflashmalta.com has permission to air a 30 second snippet from each song, these accompanying the questions and answers to be publishing in the coming days.

01. Mara - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zammit)

02. Il-Quċċata – 7 Spadi (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

03. Numri - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard, Mark Scicluna)

04. Rutina – Tmien Ħabbiet (Jonathan Laferla, Charlie Bonnici)

05. Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti - Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi u l-Likes (Frank O'Neill)

06. Il-Karba tal-Mument - Christian Arding (Kevin Tanti, Chan Vella)

07. Fejn Huma? - Daniel Borg (George Cassar, Daniel Borg)

08. Jien Ma Naħdimx - Karen DeBattista (Rita Pace, Mark Scicluna)

09. Immigrant Regolari - Teddie Zammit (Rita Pace, Teddie Zammit)

10. Pupa - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

11. Il-Bamboċċu, Il-Bambinu u l-Budaj - Frans Casha (Frans Casha)

12. Wara l-Kanċell - Miriam Christine u Olivia Lewis (J J Farrugia, Miriam Christine)

13. Bħal Għasfura - Mario Debono (Mario Debono)

14. Djarju ta' Tifkiriet - Simone Gauci (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

15. Liberat – Teddie Zammit (George Cassar, Teddie Zammit)

16. Insellmulkom - Domenique (Joe Chircop, Philip Vella)

The 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu is being organised with the help of the Malta Arts Fund and in collaboration with Studio 7. Authors, composers, singers and musical groups wishing to participation can find all the required information through the Official Website, or the Official Facebook Page. The renowned local competition which has been given a true facelift in recent years is also being given a brand new visual identity in 2014 with emerging artist Darren Tanti responsible for a new logo, one which encompasses the idea of live music and singing, elements of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu (Facebook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLOCT-U-dVQ

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

Fabrizio Faniello, a two time representative on behalf of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest finally managed to triumph in the only song competition which had eluded him, that being the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. His entry entitled Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace had been seen as a front runner-up in the weeks leading up to the competition and had also finished in first place on the escflashmalta.com poll which in turn garnered votes from more than 600 individuals. Media.Link Communications in accordance with the Organising Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza published the full results of both the Established and Teenage Categories.

Deborah C, Alison Ellul, Ronald Briffa and Clint Spiteri who were judging last nights' competition seemingly disagreed with the result in general noting that the votes were extremely close. Prior to this year, the system of giving out points was set on forty (40) points for the live performance, thirty (30) points for the music and another thirty (30) points for the lyrics but nevertheless, this system has seemingly been abolished as the points are out of one hundred (100). In the meantime, with an even number of judges, it is highly predictable that you would get a series of ties or close results as seen in the final list published earlier this morning. Fabrizio Faniello had participated in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on another three occasions, always managing to finish in the top three without achieving the top spot.

  1. Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik): 89 points
  2. Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik): 85 points
  3. Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 84 points
  4. Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 75 points
  5. Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace): 74 points
  6. Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul): 73 points
  7. Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 72 points
  8. L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss): 71 points
  9. Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace): 70 points
  10. Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali): 69 points
  11. Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino): 68 points
  12. Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri): 67 points
  13. Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri): 67 points
  14. B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul): 67 points
  15. Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano): 67 points
  16. Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri): 65 points
  17. M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone): 63 points
  18. Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss): 62 points
  19. Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella): 61 points
  20. Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner): 56 points

The evening was hosted by Christine Haber, a veteran of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza at just twenty-two years of age and Mark Azzopardi, Chairman of the Organising Committee. Despite apparently overseeing proceedings with regards to the competition, the male counter-part was constantly on stage every five (5) entries leaving backstage, jury members and the sound personnel unattended to. This is something that Media.Link Communications and NET Television should address for the following year. As a matter of fact, this point was brought up by Frederick Zammit, former Chairman of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza whose tenure came to an end in 2010, with Amber and her entry Trid Tapprezza, funnily enough, the last contest which critics denote as not bringing up any controversy what so ever. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

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

Thursday, 19 September 2013 16:35

KKI 2013: The Night of the Final has Arrived

Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber will be hosting the 2013 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on the Granaries this evening which is set to incorporate twenty-three (23) performances, three (3) which qualified last week from the Teenage Talent Category and another twenty (20) from the Established Talent Category which were selected through an internal jury appointed by the committee. The event organised by Media.Link Communications has managed to modernise itself within recent years with the inclusion of preview video recordings for example and a television programme which aims to promote all of the finalists in each respective category. The set-up has been known to be quite different every year and visually speaking, everything has been of a high standard.

Amber, Mike Spiteri, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Miriam Christine, Kaya, Roger Tirazona and Nadine Axisa have all enjoyed their time in the spotlight when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza upon being crowned winners. The music competition enjoys great respect in the industry and has managed to pave the way for a number of hit tracks in Maltese, a language which is nationally endowed in history. Tonight, each of the entries is considered to be of a very high standard and with escflashmalta.com being at the rehearsal earlier today, it is going to be quite a difficult decision for the panel of judges to mark their favourite entry. Seperate awards will be given to the entry which receives the most votes through tele-voting as well as the entry which receives the most votes from the audience present in a new initiative revealed by Mark Azzopardi.

Talent Żagħżugħ (Teenage Talent)

Demgħa - Christian u Jasmine (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Il-Ħolma - Jean Claude Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Kliem Maġija - Kimberly u Lyann (Minik / Lyann)

Talent Stabbilit (Established Talent)

Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)

Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)

Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)

Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)

Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)

M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)

L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)

Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)

Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi will be taking to the stage to host this evenings' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is the first time that the two will be hosting together and it will surely be a show for everyone to enjoy. Special guest stars who will be making an appearance include none other than; Gianluca who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Deborah C who was the winner of last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and two foreign guests, being Jamie Knight and Hesael. The event will commence at 20:30 CET and will be aired LIVE on NET Television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Media.Link Communications, escflashmalta.com

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Media,Link Communications launched a talent search to merit an upcoming artist the opportunity to perform within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and following in the footsteps of Simone Gauci is none other than Karen DeBattista. The young female artist has been dubbed as to having the voice of an angel and many could easily denote why as she gives a sterling rendition of the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss, the escflashmalta.com Head of Communications. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Karen a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Karen, they stated that 'she has a lovely voice and good stage presence' ultimately awarding her with five (5) points, meaning that they weren't too fond of the track.

Passport 2 Indifest is a talent show organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjunction with the organisation board of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the aim of giving a brand new artist the possibility to compete in the esteemed competition. The initial trial took place last year seeing to the performance of Simone Gauci and her entry Id F’Id composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit and this time round, it will be you, Karen DeBattista. Back when you submitted your application, did you believe that you could triumph and how would you describe your journey towards obtaining the wildcard?

I have to be honest - I applied for the competition with the intention of gaining experience and exposure; winning was just a thought in the back of my mind. I still wanted to give my utmost with regards to performances, and I believe I did so, but my main aim was to have fun, meet new people and take as much as I could from the experience. After making it to the third phase of the competition (which was quite a surprise since only four singers had to be chosen out of ten), I realised that I had as much chance of winning as much as the other competitors, so my approach changed with each stage of the competition. 

We were quite a bunch of energetic singers, and despite being a competition, we grew closer as friends. The final was exciting and scary at the same time for various reasons - the first being   that I was extremely looking forward to performing a classic Maltese song, the second being that I was only a step away from winning my very first competition and obtaining an automatic place in the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (which I have been following ever since I can remember) and the final reason being that I was competing with a very close friend of mine - Marie Claire Attard Bason. She is an extremely talented singer and I wanted her to win as much as I did myself since we both worked hard and we both deserved to win. I would like to say thank-you to Mark Spiteri Lucas and his band for the amazing job they did on every song and for their hospitality. It surely was an experience to cherish. 

The track that you will be performing at this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is entitled Riflessi with music by Mark Scicluna and lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss. It is important to point out that you did not have a say in the choice of the track with the initial jury appointed by the committee of the showcase making the selection on your behalf based on your vocal capabilities. When you heard the track for the very first time, what were your initial thoughts and did you want to make any changes?

My very first thought was ‘WOW!’. I just loved the flow of the music and the depth of the lyrics. I usually go through a process before deciding on a song, meaning that I look for what I like and what I don’t like in a song. This time I didn’t have that option. I was slightly sceptical and anxious about the judges’ decision since I was afraid that it would not be suitable for me, or maybe it wasn’t to my liking. I can gladly say that I was mistaken on both counts. I am extremely happy with the team and the song, and I have a feeling that it is going to be a wonderful and exciting journey.

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In 2011, you reached the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest with the song Memoirs composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Daniel Muscat and ultimately also had the opportunity to perform a duet with Thea Garrett who had just been at the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of months before. Therefore, with that in mind, this will you be your second major experience in a local competition but the first in such a magnificent venue. Did you always wish to join the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and how are you preparing for the live performance?

I am fairly certain that for anyone who follows the Maltese music scene and wants to make it in music locally, one of the competitions which they look forward to taking part in is the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The competition has long been established as a major event in the Maltese music calendar, and as all aspiring singers, I have longed for the day when I could take part and perform on that stage. Luckily enough, this year I have the opportunity to do so. The Malta Hit Song Contest was an excellent stepping stone since as mentioned, apart from gaining experience with regards to a televised competition I also had the opportunity to sing with the wonderful Thea Garrett who was extremely helpful and supportive. Now I look forward to a new experience - performing in front of such a large crowd this coming September. Preparations are on track, with me practicing the song together with my vocal coach Gillian Zammit so that I can give the best performance possible and other decisions being taken as a team together with the composer and author of the song. 

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest is the most predominant music competition in the country noting that the winner gets the opportunity to perform in front of millions of people all over the world. You showed interest this year by submitting a song, one entitled Cold Whispers composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss. The track which did not get through to the semi-final stage of the competition was never unveiled. Do you intend to submit the track once more in 2014 as the journey towards Denmark commences or will you be working on new material? 

Yes, I will definitely submit the song again this year! Making it with the top 69 songs on my first attempt at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was a great achievement for me personally. Despite not making it to the semi-final stage of the competition, I still believe in the song, and that is the main reason for submitting the song again this year. I would love to work on new songs for the said competition, but unfortunately, due to personal reasons I cannot do so this year. I am still at the beginning of my musical career, so I know that I have ample time to come up with new material, and I look forward to whatever the future may hold.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to encourage them to continue to support Maltese artists and anything that has to do with the Maltese music scene. It is thanks to their continuous support that local artists and music can continue to grow and flourish.

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Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the sixth week of the programme Indifest hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber through NET Television on Thursday evening as from 20:30 CET onwards. In support of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the weekly programme seeks to promote the artists competing in one of three competitions which promote the local language. Whether newcomers or somewhat established, their place is still amongst the general elite. The public has the opportunity to select which three entries they would like to qualify from the Teenage Talent portion of the competition as well selecting their top favourite within the 'established category' which is offered as a seperate award.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been noted to feature a mixture of young and newfound talent which definitely represents the future of the local music scene. In this evenings' programme, first up is Raquel Galdes with the track Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. The young female vocalist is a newcomer to the music scene but her vocal attributed are surely welcome to stay in the future. Joining her from the same category is the winner of Passport 2 Indifest, Karen DeBattista who will be interpreting the track Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss.

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Il-Ħolma, composed by Minik and Gillian Attard with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino is set to be performed by Jean Claude Azzopardi. As always, the performances from the Teenage Talent category are all live in order to assess the vocal skills of all the respective artists apart from bearing in mind the potential of each entry. In the meantime, there will also be a number of guests including none other than Jan Cortez, who recently unveiled his summer single for the year 2013 as well as Maxine Pace who at an extremely young age has released her debut single, which has also reached Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

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Media.Link Communications, through their visual medium known as NET Television presented their summer schedule in recent days and one of the programmes that has been included once more is Indifest which this year is set to be hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber. The first programme took place last night with a completely different logo and setup than last year to support one of the most prestigious music competitions in the country. The aim of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is promote the official language, Maltese through the medium of song, something which has unfortunately taken several steps back during the years. Some of the more recent years of the competition have included; Deborah C, Mike Spiteri, Amber, and Annabelle Debono. 

Annalise Ellul Dance Studio will be taking care of a series of choreographies appearing on the show along with the vocalists who are set to offer some musical entertainment whilst speaking about their latest projects. During last nights' edition it was Annalise Ellul and last years' winner, Deborah C who were the guests of the programme Indifest which is set to air every Thursday night at 20:30 CET. This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a relatively large amount of newcomers to the local music scene which could mean several things in retrospect. Nevertheless, there are a number of artists who are also established and have been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at least once and these include; Domenique (2011, 2013), Danica Muscat (2012, 2013), Josef (2006), Mauro (2007), Neville (2005), Janice Mangion (2012), Christian Arding (2006) and Kylie Coleiro (2010). The full line-up arranged according to the running order could be seen below.


Talent Stabbilit (Established Talent)

Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)

Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)

Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)

Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)

Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)

M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)

L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)

Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)


Talent Żagħżugħ (Teenage Talent)

Demgħa - Christian u Jasmine (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Dil-Fjura Għalik - Naomi Roberts (Kaya / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ġens Qalbien - Ryan u Mark (Ryan Axisa)

Għix - Michelle Portelli (Minik / Rita Pace)

Il-Ħolma - Jean Claude Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Kliem Maġija - Kimberly u Lyann (Minik / Lyann)

Min - Clarissa Cauchi (Minik / Rita Pace)

Mużika - Jasmar Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace)

Chris & Moira, representatives of Malta at the 1994 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track More than Love which they co-wrote together will be listening to all of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The preview videos can be accessed by clicking on the respective links which accompany the names of the song, singers and songwriters.We will be announcing the date when this reviewing feature will commence through our Facebook Page within the next couple of days. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is unveiled. We would also like to extend our greetings to all of the finalists, some of which are complete newcomers in the festival scene to take in this opportunity to their best possible capacity.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook, escflashmalta.com

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Media.Link Communications, in particular through NET Television have just revealed that the annual showcase known as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will once more be aided through the weekly programme, Indifest which is set to be hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber. In 2011, the competition was held for the twentieth time, seeing to the victory of Mike Spiteri with the track B'Rieda tal-Azzar but nevertheless, in 2012, it was a woman by the name of Deborah C who stormed to victory with her entry Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Joe Chircop.

In a special announcement on the page of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on Facebook, it was revealed that Indifest will return to NET Television as of Thursday 4th July at 20:30 CET. All of the tracks were scrutinized by a panel of music professionals which in the first phase included last years' winner Deborah C and in the second phase included Amber, winner of the competition back in 2010. Around half of the artists of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza could be said to be established, including none other than Fabrizio Faniello who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 and 2006 respectively. Other artists who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one occasion include; Domenique (2011, 2013), Danica Muscat (2012, 2013), Josef (2006), Mauro (2007), Neville (2005), Janice Mangion (2012), Christian Arding (2006) and Kylie Coleiro (2010). The full line-up arranged according to the running order could be seen below.

  1. Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)
  2. Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  3. Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)
  4. Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)
  5. Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  6. Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  7. Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  8. Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)
  9. Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  10. Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  11. Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  12. Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)
  13. M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)
  14. L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  15. Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)
  16. Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  17. Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  18. Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  19. B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  20. Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)

Chris & Moira, representatives of Malta at the 1994 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track More than Love which they co-wrote together will be listening to all of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. A starting date for this feature will be revealed in due course as preview videos for the twenty-entries are shot by Media.Link Communications in the coming days and weeks. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is unveiled. We would also like to extend our greetings to all of the finalists, some of which are complete newcomers in the festival scene to take in this opportunity to their best possible capacity. 

Source: KKI Page on Facebook, escflashmalta.com

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Media.Link Communications, organisers of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza have just unveiled the twenty finalists in their respective running order. The fifty entries which made it through the first phase of the competition were judges at the studios of NET Television by a panel of four judges comprised of four performers including; Amber, Claudia Calleja, Lyndsay and Clint Spiteri. They represent various genres of the industry and somewhat cement their place in music. Apart from that, it is important to note that some of them already have a background in the competition having judges other phases in the past.

This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be the twenty-seventh in total with several innovations presented in recent years including a seated audience. During todays' edition of Sas-Sitta which airs on NET Television, the twenty finalists including Karen DeBattatista were revealed to have made the final cut. It is important to note that there is a mixture of established and upcoming names although it seems that the newcomers have taken over the competition. The most predominant songwriters in the field also seem to be Mark Spiteri Lucas, Rita Pace, Philip Vella, Minik and Stephen Baldacchino. You can see the running order as drawn by Mark Azzopardi, Chairman of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza just below.

  1. Li Jien Illum - Simarija u Mikhail (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)
  2. Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Sammut Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  3. Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)
  4. Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)
  5. Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  6. Riflessi - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  7. Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  8. Gloria - Mauro u Kim (Rita Pace)
  9. Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  10. Inwiegħdek - Josef u Johanna (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  11. Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  12. Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville (Rita Pace / Minik)
  13. M'Intix Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)
  14. L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  15. Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Rita Pace / Minik)
  16. Ejjew Lkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  17. Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  18. Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda, Hemm Is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  19. B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  20. Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Stephen Baldacchino / Marlon Polidano)

Firstly, escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate Emil Calleja Bayliss, our Head of Communications for getting through to the competition with two songs in the Established Category and extending the wishes to all of the artists and songwriters who got through to the final phase. In the meantime, for those who have not managed to make it through to the final phase, it is worth noting that there will always be next year. Some artists have been trying to get through for quite a couple of years and this is the year in which they have made it. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as tomorrow at noon we unveil an exclusive feature with regards to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

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