In two weeks’ time, on the 11th September to be precise, Television Malta (TVM) will be airing the 44th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu which the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) is producing specifically for television, in light of the Covid-19 situation in Malta.
The 16 songs which will be presented have been whittled down from an original 80 entries, and then from a shortlist of 40 entries, by two different panels of professional judges, whose names have since been made public. You’re welcome to listen to the finalists by clicking on each song title, below.
- Ftakru – Charisse Ann Vassallo (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Scicluna)
- Il-Passat Mhux Garanzija tal-Futur – Charlene Mercieca Magro (Rita Pace)
- Il-Fqir – Catriona Brincat u Mario Debono (Mario Debono)
- Professuri – Rachel Lowell (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Rachel Lowell, Philip Vella)
- Minn Taħt l-Ilsien – Amber Grace (Rita Pace, Marco Debono)
- Mobile – Natalie Naudi (Natalie Naudi)
- Missier Aħfrilhom – Christabelle Scerri (Rita Pace, Augusto Cardinali)
- Normalità Ġdida – Jamm Band (Mark Cachia)
- Jien u Int – Marilyn Aquilina (Marilyn Aquilina)
- Sant’Antnin – Rita Pace (Rita Pace)
- F’Dirgħajk – Jean Claude Vancell (Jean Claude Vancell)
- Sakemm Sibt Garaxx – Sarah Micallef Muscat (Frederick Camilleri, Augusto Cardinali)
- Fittixtek – Ruth Portelli (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Scicluna)
- Mediterran – Amber Marie Coleiro (Joe Julian Farrugia, Andrew Zammit)
- Anġli Żgħar – Kayley Cuschieri (Joe Julian Farrugia, Philip Vella)
- Ħass u Basal – Kemmuna Airways (Rita Pace)
L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be presented by brother and sister; Gianluca and Dorothy Bezzina; and will include a guest performance by Philip Vella, who in turn will be launching his brand new album; 60+ which has already been previewed with tracks such as “Pa”, “Allura”, “Rajt Raġel” and “Il-Verita”, the latter being last years’ winning entry.
Visit the official website; www.għanjatalpoplu.org for more information about the national showcase. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is being organised with the help and support of the Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement and the Valletta Cultural Agency. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.