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 eleventh act in our series; Miriam Christine & Olivia Lewis who will be performing the song Wara l-Kanċell composed and penned by Mark Laurence Zammit.
Miriam Christine & Olivia Lewis, two female vocalists who have both represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, in different decades with completely opposite genres. This is the most high profile act to enter this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, giving the competition a much needed boost in terms of name dropping. What was the reason behind this submission and what can the public expect?
Olivia and I have participated in this Festival a few editions ago. It is a great medium to put a strong message across. We felt that this was a good platform to launch our first song together as we are planning to work on a project together. Our aim is to evoke feelings in the Maltese and Gozitan people through the strong lyrics and beautiful melody we are putting forward. For all of us involved in this song, it is very important to achieve this.
Wara l-Kanċell, composed by Miriam Christine to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia 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?
This is a sad ballad which reflects all the inner struggles, thoughts, hopelessness, wishes, turmoil that prison inmates go through whilst serving their sentence behind bars.
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?
We definitely support the continuation of this Festival. This competition is a great medium to put some beautiful songs with strong lyrics out there. The Maltese public are continuously searching for Maltese songs. Let us keep them happy and keep those beautiful Maltese songs coming!
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
We are so happy and feel so blessed that year after year we keep receiving all the love and support from our fans. Thank you so much for giving us strength to continue doing what we are so passionate about… Beautiful music.