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 thirteenth act in our series; Simone Gauci who will be performing the song Djarju ta’ Tifkiriet composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss.
Simone, this is your second participation in a major festival, having already been part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2012 with the song Id F’Id written by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit. How did that experience help you become the artist you are today, and how does it compare?
Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was a major stepping stone in my musical career. I met new people and experienced new emotions given the great audience following the festival. It helped me build more confidence and it also encourged me to enjoy the moment of being on stage and I intend to do the same in Għanja Tal-Poplu. 🙂
Djarju ta’ Tifkiriet, composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss 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?
Djarju Ta’ Tifkiriet is a ballad with a folkloristic twist. It is based on the story of a deceased person who wrote a diary throughout his/her life. In the song ‘I’ express some of his/her feelings and I also show that the person will remain close to my heart thanks to the readings from the diary.
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 believe that this competition has already a place in the Maltese music industry and this is proven by the number of people who submitted a song to participate in the festival. I will definitely support this festival since it is a great opportunity for all local singers and it is also a celebration of our native language.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
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