GħTP 2015: Interview with Ecca MuscatWritten 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 fourteen is Ecca Muscat, whose song "Ġismi" is written by Mark and Matthew Pellicano.
Despite having previously taken part in a number of singing competitions, this is your debut in the local music scene with an original song. Why did you select L-Għanja tal-Poplu as your first major competition, and should the public expect to hear more material from you in the near future?
The decision to take part at the L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival came natural after it was considered to start producing songs in Maltese. The Ghanja tal-Poplu is an optimal platform for the launching of songs in the Maltese language as it has long been renowned as a festival which awards the best Maltese songs performers, composers and lyrics writers.
“Ġismi”, composed by Matthew Pellicano to the lyrics of Mark Pellicano, 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?
Having social justice close to heart, it has been the desire of the author to write about the sad reality experienced in silence by individuals who find it hard to express their traumas fearlessly. The sensitivity of the meaning behind the lyrics was then expressed by the touching melody of the composer which connotes numerous repressed emotions.
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?
Any piece of literature is subject to criticism and controversy. The lyrics of the song ‘Ġismi’ aim at creating awareness rather than suspense. It's intention is to foster empathy not apprehension. Nonetheless it aims at triggering discussion on how to tackle bitter realities that are most often silenced.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
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