GħTP 2015: Interview with Michela GaleaWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
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 ten is Michela Galea, and her entry is entitled "Fejn Marru t-Tfal", composed by Renato Briffa, to the lyrics of Rita Pace.
In a relatively short span of time, you have become a recognisable figure in the local music scene, having been triumphant at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song “Mixja li Bdiet”, composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred. E. Baldacchino. Was it a natural choice to participate in a follow-up competition which specifically deals with the Maltese language?
Being able to sing in our native Maltese language is an asset for us as Maltese artists. We must be proud of our language and thanks to these festivals we are able to promote the Maltese language. Apart from that, l-“Ghanja tal-Poplu” gives the opportunity for musicians to perform live with the singers. This is the major reason why I wished to be part of this memorable and national event.
“Fejn Marru t-Tfal?” composed by Renato Briffa, to the lyrics of Rita Pace, 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?
This song deals with the difficulties encountered by parents who are raising children: maintaining discipline but at the same time showing affection, without that affection being seen as weakness or in the worst scenarios as physical abuse. One must also take into account that kids and teens seem to know more than parents about certain things and the song therefore asks where their innocence is gone, and what has led to this.
This song is very relevant in today's society as the topics of discipline and abuse of children and the abuse of adults by children are things we often hear about. The genre that the song encompasses is a ballad accompanied with a piano.
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, I think that there is some controversy as regarding to the lyrics in general. Each and every artist wants to deliver a message, be it a positive or a negative one. I think we want to convey what is going on around the world. Having said that, my song is about the difficulties of raising children and undoubtedly in real life it is not easy to raise children because of the problems we are facing.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
I would like to thank those people who support local singers and local music because we continuously need their support to move on in our music careers. I encourage you all to come and join us on the 21st March at Sir Temi Zammit Hall Universita for a night of Maltese live music. Let us appreciate all local music!