GħTP 2015: Interview with Denise Spiteri


On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of “Jien Ma Naħdimx“, composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number nine is Denise Spiteri, and her entry is entitled “Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss“, musically composed, and lyrically penned by Mark Laurence Zammit.

Following your participation in the Junior Song for Europe and the television show ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, you were on an indefinite hiatus before returning to the music scene by taking part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with the song “Pupa” written by Mark Laurence Zammit. What made you want to try for a second consecutive year, and are you interested in taking part in other competitions? 

Last year I had a very positive experience at the festival as the atmosphere was very calm and the people involved were extremely friendly. Moreover, I really enjoy live music, which is what mainly encouraged me to take part this year as well. At the moment, I’m not interested in taking part in other competitions as I would rather continue to invest my energy in theatre and classical music as I have been doing in the past few years by taking part in productions such as Dun Gorg: Il-Musical,  L’Elisir d’Amore at the Manoel Theatre and many others. However, I don’t want to exclude the possibility of ever showing interest in other competitions in the future. Never say never J

“Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss”, composed and penned by Mark Laurence Zammit 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?

Through our song, we are trying to give a voice to those who unfortunately do not have one. The song tells the story of a girl who seems to be entering a popular world of fantasy, surrealism and fairytales. The woods, the wolf, the rain and the darkness all enhance the excitement that is provided by this imaginary world, which for most people, doesn’t exist.  However, this world is not imaginary to one particular little girl, because it is her reality.  She doesn’t find this world of fairytales to be as exciting because it is what stops her from sharing her troubles with those whom she loves, and the reason for all her tears.  This is because the girl suffers from autism – a condition which forces her to live in a fearsome world, from which no one can save her.

In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception?

I do believe that some lyrics could cause controversy however I don’t think that it’s a bad thing, because if this happens, it means that your lyrics are relevant enough to be discussed by the public.  Personally, I don’t think that my entry challenges public perception because my song describes what an autistic person goes through in everyday life. 

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

Don’t underestimate the capabilities of Maltese artists. We should all appreciate local music more, especially music which encourages the Maltese language.


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