The local festival ‘L-Għanja Tal-Poplu’ was held yesterday night at the Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana. The show was broadcasted live on ONE TV through the popular programme ‘Bla Agenda’. The fourteen competing songs were all sung live and accompanied on stage by live instruments – this is something which makes this festival unique as the musicians along with the singers can experience the sensation of singing and playing the instruments live.
The show was hosted by local presenter and lyricist Deo Grech who replaced Vanni Pule after the latter pulled out of the show at the last minute citing personal reasons. On a different note, the songs lyrics in Maltese are of utmost importance and this was stated over and over again in the live broadcast – in fact the organisers each year award a song which has the ‘Best Social Theme’ whilst they also present the award for the ‘Best Interpretation’ along with the best three songs on the night according to a panel of experts.
The big winner on the night was certainly Corazon who triumphed with the self-penned entry ‘Mill-Għajnejn ta’ Tifla’. Corazon managed to take both the best interpretation award and also first place. This is Corazon’s third victory in this festival, after she triumphed last year with the song ‘Ta’ L-Ahhar’ where she sung in a duet with Walter Micallef – who was tonight’s special guest. Corazon also won the festival in 2007 when she participated for only the second time with the song ‘Hawn Jien’ whilst in 2008 she was rewarded the prize for the best interpretation for the song ‘Illejla B’Xejn’.
ESCflashmalta has spoken to the winner and this is what she had to say “This year I experimented with a different collaboration with 5 great musicians. I am so proud of my musicians who did an excellent job in the rendition of ‘Mill-Għajnejn ta’ Tifla’. I feel that the win is all theirs, due to the collective effort that they all put into this performance. This year I would like to take a step back from the merits of this result and simply feel so proud that my composition was executed so beautifully, before such a warm audience – that alone, is enough for me.” For more information about Corazon, be sure to visit her official website here.
In second place was Petra Zammit with the song ‘Rakkont ta’ Omm’ composed by Heathcliff Balzan to the lyrics of Deo Grech. The latter was also awarded the prize for the best social theme in this year’s festival. Rita Pace managed a satisfying third with her self-penned entry ‘Indunajt’. The judges on the night were; Prof. Manwel Mifsud, Steve Borg, Joan Haber, Olvin Vella, Siro Camilleri, Doreen Galea and Rosanna Miceli Donolly.
All the three winning songs feature rather strong social themes – the winner speaks about how children see the world through their eyes and their sincerity. The second placed song speaks about what single mothers feel whilst the third placed song speaks about the injustice in local spheres. One has to remind the readers that the aim of this festival apart from promoting local music is also for a good cause and those who either bought the ticket to attend to the show or decided to buy the CD would have carried out a good deed. The CD of the event is also out for sale, those interested in buying one of the CD’s can do so from YTC Valletta.