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 thirteen is Simone Gauci, whose song “Pjan” is written by Ingrid Vella, and composed by Augusto Cardinali.
Simone Gauci, a two-time L-Għanja tal-Poplu, two-time Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and one-time Summer Hit Song Contest participant is quickly becoming a regular face on the scene. How does each experience correlate to the other, and how do you prepare for each competition?
Each musical experience is different in its own merit and I always cherish each festival because I learn something new from every experience, while enjoying music.
“Pjan”, composed by Augusto Cardinali, with lyrics by Ingrid Vella is the song that you will be presenting in this year’s edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?
“Pjan” is a song that juxtaposes two different plans: the first plan built castles in the air, and the second one came into being out of the blue. The first portrays a loving couple that has long PLANNED to have children, but now cannot. The second one refers to UNPLANNED pregnancies that sometimes end up in the abortion of innocent lives.
Our song speaks mostly of the pain endured by victims of the first plan (couples who cannot bear children), because the victims of the second plan (aborted babies) are voiceless. They don’t even have a name, they’re just a number. So, all we can do, to give them some voice, is count them. And this is what we have done in our song… we have a statistical counter for the number of worldwide abortions that take place along the duration of the song.
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?
Yes, definitely. If not oblivious, people tend to be sympathetic with infertile couples. On the other hand, abortion is a topic of much debate. Some people are totally against abortion, and some think that there should be a right to legal abortion.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
Thank you very much for following my interview and for your continuous support and encouragement; it means a real lot 🙂