GħTP 2015: Interview with Raquel GaldesWritten 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 sixteen is Raquel Galdes, whose song "Ċans Ieħor" is written by Daniel Paul Farrugia, to the music of Norbert Borg.
The Malta Eurovision Song Contest is the most esteemed music competition in the country, and you had the opportunity to participate not once, but twice in 2014. From the big arena, to the quant theatre, what made you decide to take part in L-Għanja tal-Poplu?
It’s not always about the audience, but about the main aim of the festival. During 2014, I have made it crystal clear that I love Eurovision, but I also love our language. I believe that this festival gives the opportunity for one to express a main social theme in his own language - which in my opinion, is a factor which is being reduced more and more by time.
“Ċans Ieħor”, composed by Norbert Borg to the lyrics of Daniel Paul Farrugia 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?
Basically the song is about a person who is facing problems to be accepted in the society. This is because, back in time, he was trapped in the bad direction and ended up in jail, paid for all the mistakes done for nothing. I mean, what’s the point of going to jail to learn your mistakes, and then end up ruining your whole life instead of making it better?
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?
I believe that this is what encouraged me the most to submit for this festival, since for once, the message of the song seems to be very important. I believe that our song has one of the topics which seem to be most obvious but everyone refuses to tackle, since that’s the way it is and no one could change it.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
We Maltese, should be really proud and make more place for Maltese songs in our music scene while appreciating them … :)