Ruth Portelli Wins the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2020


Media.Link Communications played host to the 34th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which saw Ruth Portelli emerge triumphant with her original song Kuruni, penned by Paul Ellul with music by Mark Spiteri Lucas.  

Paul Ellul explained that the song is about two types of crowns; the one worn on one’s head which represents wealth; and the rosary beads which represent a spiritual connection. At the end of the day, the worldly matters dissolve but eternity remains. Ruth Portelli said she believed in the song Kuruni from the first minute she read the lyrics, and heard the melody together.

The versatile singer from Gozo, Malta’s sister island is not a newcomer to the local music scene, after having made her debut in the semi-finals of the Malta Eurosong in 2009 with two songs: Blame It On Your Heart and Innocent Heart, with lyrics by John O’Flynn and music by Ralph Siegel.

12 months later, she reached the final of the same festival with the song Three Little Words, with lyrics by Gerard James Borg and music by Philip Vella. After sometime away from music, in 2018 she took part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu and in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, never looking back and participating in three consecutive years.

Some months ago she represented Malta in the Discovery International Pop Music Festival, with Determinata penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and music by Mark Scicluna, and Think of Me from The Phantom of the Opera. At the end of the evening, Portelli was awarded a trophy for Best Voice, the highest possible honour.

Straight after the result was revealed, no less than three songs were released digitally by German distribution company CAP-Sounds, with the winning song Kuruni interpreted by Ruth Portelli joined by 72 interpreted by Danica Muscat and Pilastri Mriegħda interpreted by Brad James. Both latter two songs were penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and composed by Philip Vella.

We have also been informed that 72 interpreted by Danica Muscat has also reached number 3 on the local iTunes charts 24 hours after being made public. Congratulations! We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.


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