GħTP 2015: Interview with Abstract Acoustic Duo


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 the full version of each respective entry in contention. Act number twelve is Abstract Acoustic Duo, whose song “Niftakarna” is written by the male counterpart, Gabriel Cassar.

The Abstract Acoustic Duo, which consists of Gabriel Cassar and Lenice Tabone, is a relatively new project having only been around since 2013. As a matter of fact, this also marks your debut in L-Għanja tal-Poplu. How did the project come about, and where do you see yourself in twelve months’ time? 

We have been playing together in the same bands quite for a few years now, yet, as it has been stated, it was  in 2013 that Abstract Acoustic Duo had its own big bang. We live just a couple of meters away from each other (in the same block actually), and this advantage has lead us to kill some time together with a guitar in hand and our very own vocals. It was the summer of 2013, when on a nine-day wonder, we were faced by an opportunity to play on a regular basis in a cafeteria… so yes, one can say that this particular cafeteria was in fact Abstract’s birthplace. 

The infatuation has continued to explode in this collaboration and the tentative for l-Ghanja tal-Poplu, is undoubtedly one of its results. In twelve months’ time, we would like to see this baby-project develop even more, and although it’s not our aim to be popular, we look forward to having more gigs together whilst sharing a smile with our audiences. Original material is always on the pipeline, so we hope that in a year’s time, the harmony amongst us would be more tentative in its creativity and muse.

“Niftakarna”, written by Gabriel Cassar, the male counterpart of this duo, is the song that Abstract Acoustic Duo 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?

Basically, ‘Niftakarna’ anticipates the reality of childhood friendships enriched with simplicity and energy  from sunrise till sunset with one of the scenes capturing their enthusiasm for the game ‘hide and seek’. However, as time goes by, one of the friends hides away leaving behind all the memories and good times they used to have. 

Our song is quite simple and humble in its own structure involving only our vocals and an acoustic guitar.

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?

It is true that sometimes, the public ‘s reaction to certain messages might be subject to controversy which in our opinion is the artist’s capability of bringing about moral and ethical debates regarding significant issues. Our song’s principle aim isn’t to bring about any controversy, yet it suggests appreciation for long-lost friendships in one’s own life which undoubtedly leave an impact on the present way of life.

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

Whilst we recommend full support for Maltese music and talent, we would also like to encourage the readers to love one another and live the real scope of life in faith, hope, and love.


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