GħTP 2015: Interview with Teddie ZammitWritten 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 eleven is Teddie Zammit, writer and performer of the song "Min Taħseb Li Int?".
The rigours of the music industry have been well documented by artists, who frequent the festival circuit, yet it is extremely rare for any artist, let alone a singer/songwriter to compete with two (2) entries, as was your case in particular in 2014. Do you believe that concentrating on performing one entry is ideal?
Definitely, concentrating on one song is the ideal considering the fact that this particular festival requires a full life performance. It is not so easy to rehearse and to find the musicians needed especially if you have two songs with a different style, therefore needs different arrangements with different musicians.
“Min Taħseb Li Int?” which you composed and penned yourself, 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?
Min Tahseb li Int? is a contemporary folk song with a fluent flow rhythm that makes it easy to understand well the message in the lyrics. It can happen to all of us that because we feel physically healthy and well off in life or famous we think that we are super heroes. At times we may take advantage of our favourable situations over people who are less fortunate in life or those who are sick and vulnerable. We do not realize that life is too short. I believe that what we have in life has been given to us on loan by God.
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?
The aim of the my song is to enhance a silent reflection on who we really are, realize the real priorities in life and finally to share the abilities, powers, and fortunes with others with various difficulties. In my opinion this the only way to built a new world with less sufferings and discriminations.
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