GħTP 14: Interview with Estelle Fenech Imbroll


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 third act in our series; Estelle Fenech Imbroll who will be performing the song Numri composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Paul Attard.

Estelle Fenech Imbroll, a relatively young vocalist with distinct vocal capabilities has grown a real lot since her time on L-iSfida, a hit talent show broadcast on Television Malta. It was twelve (12) months ago, when your song was awarded with the prestigious social theme award by the jury of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, deciding to return with a completely different type of song. How difficult is it to work on new material after achieving success?

It was extremely easy since I worked with the same team, and I left everything entirely to them, up to the song theme and the song melody. I believe that I would have been hampering their creativity had I restricted them to some genera or song style. This is why I believe the song has both such a strong message and an enchanting brisk melody. 

Numri, composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Paul Attard 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 lyrics are about a woman who is engulfed in a lifestyle of gambling money for a living. Despite knowing that it’s breaking down not only her, but her family as well; she cannot seem to stop since she’s simply addicted to the high of risking everything every day.

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?

I strongly believe that ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu’ has a big place in the local music scene. First of all we are all singing in the beautiful Maltese language, and that is something priceless in this day and age where people are using the Maltese language less everyday. Second of all, the social issues sung are all somewhat particular to the Maltese society, even if they are also found abroad. Last but not least, there’s also the valuable fact that this festival is played by live musicians, something which very few musical festivals do so in Malta.

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

To appreciate the Maltese language and music more, and make an attempt to both speak in Maltese more, and to hear Maltese artists more.

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