Malta: Interview with Simarija and Mikhail (KKI 13)


Simarija and Mikhail, a young and talented duo who have joined forces for the very first time to compete in this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The song they are presenting is entitled Li Jien Illum with music by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Natasha Turner. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Simarija and Mikhail a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the duet, they stated that whilst ‘she is good, his diction is not performed well‘, they also added that there is ‘good eye contact but no passion whatsoever‘, ultimately awarding it with five (5) points.

Li Jien Illum composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Natasha Turner is one of three entries in this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which is performed in a duet with the others being Inwegħdek performed by Josef & Johanna and Gloria sung by Mauro & Kim. Would you care to explain to the readers what makes your song differ from the other duets when deciding who to vote for and how did the product in general come about?

Our song isn’t just speaking about our beautiful island, Malta and it’s people, it is a dialogue between Malta and the maltese nation. The main concept of the song is that through the years Malta has offered us food, shelter, sun and a beautiful history all of which couldn’t be fulfilled if not for the maltese nation. All in all we think it’s different from other duets because Malta becomes alive for a few minutes and together with the maltese nation they thank each other because their work through the years is what makes us Maltese today.

Simarija, this is your second time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having been able to get through to the semi-final stage of the Teenage Talent portion two years ago with the track Majestuża composed by Marco Debono to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Despite not being selected as part of the final three, it was still an experience to cherish. This time round though, it will be quite different though as you will be on the main stage of The Granaries in Floriana as part of the Established Category. How are you perceiving this experience and would do you think you would have done differently two years ago?

It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the indipendenza song festival and sing on the beautiful stage in floriana. I don’t think I would change anything from three (3) years ago I think it has thought me a lot and boosted a lot of confidence and personality on stage.

Mikhail, the local audience knows you as a male actor on the popular drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S which is produced by Rewind Productions in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Services. Being a part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is completely different though as you are getting the opportunity to perform live in front of hundreds of people. It has to be noted that this is your first major experience within a competition and many people will be hoping that you’ll overcome any possible nerves. How are you preparing for the competition?

As you said, this is my first time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza but nevertheless, I have had the opportunity to perform live in front of many people and also represented Malta in an international competition in Italy where I had won first place. I have been training for around nine (9) years and feel prepared to take on the local music scene through this competition. We hope that the people understand the message of the song. Ultimately, we should be proud of who we have become in life and how our country has moulded each individual.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the foremost competitions in the local music scene and you have acquired the opportunity the open this years’ edition thanks to the result of a draw which took place following the second phase held at Media.Link Communications. How are you relishing this opportunity which you have been given and do you think it is better to sing in the beginning or would have you preferred to perform towards the end?

We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to open this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. This competition is full of history and has given rise to some of the most established performers in the scene, hence the honour.

What would you like to tell our readers at

We appreciate all the support that you have been giving us as seen even within the tele-voting where our song Li Jien Illum has consecutively maintained the first runner-up slot. Keep on voting and thanks for all your support!


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