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Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:51

GħTP 2015: Interview with Denise Spiteri

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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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number nine is Denise Spiteri, and her entry is entitled "Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss", musically composed, and lyrically penned by Mark Laurence Zammit. Following your participation in the Junior Song for Europe and the television show ‘Don't Stop Me Now’, you were on an indefinite hiatus before returning to the music…
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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number eight is Michela Dalli, and her entry is entitled "Charlie' L-Artist", penned by Rita Pace, to the music of Andrew Zahra. In the public eye, you have been seen as an artist who does not shy away from a challenge, and as a result juggle the art of singing with acting.…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:00

GħTP 2015: Interview with Rita Pace

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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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number seven is Rita Pace, and her entry is entitled "Battibekk", penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and Paul Attard. During the years, this particular competition has been extremely kind to your work, having been rewarded with various successes both as a songwriter, and a vocalist. How difficult is it to separate the…
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:22

GħTP 2015: Interview with Mario Debono

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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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number six is Mario Debono, and his entry is entitled "Il-Malti", composed and penned by himself. Mario, as a singer/songwriter, you have complete creative control over your material, whilst also having the distinct opportunity to give colour to your words during the live interpretation. What inspires you to create music, and how…
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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number five is Ana-Maria Grima, and her entry is entitled "Dawn L-Għajnejn", composed by Siobhan Vassallo, to the lyrics of Rita Attard. For the most part, you are a relative newcomer to the music scene, despite having previously taken part in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Summer Hit Song Contest. What…
Sunday, 08 March 2015 18:47

GħTP 2015: Interview with Mark Cachia

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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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number four is Mark Cachia, and his entry is entitled "Waqt Li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl", a song which he wrote himself. It seems that the popularity of the singer/songwriter is on the rise, following the success of international acts such as Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith, noting that you are one of…
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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number three is Jeffrey Scicluna, and his entry is entitled "Darbtejn Insiru Tfal", a song which he composed, to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Jeffrey, it is fair to state that your partnership with Rita Pace has already bore fruit, having been on the receiving end of the 'Social Theme Award' at…
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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number two is the Ta' Verna Folk Band, and their entry bears the name "L-Għawdxija", a song which has been composed and penned by Augusto Cardinali. This is the second participation for the "Ta' Verna Folk Band", having previously made it through to the 2013 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song…
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 an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number one is Joe George Micallef, and his entry bears the name "Illum Jien Pensjonant", a song which he composed with lyrics by Alfred C Sant. Having been in the shadows of an extremely successful 12 months for your children, 4 members of the group Firelight, the Maltese ambassadors at the 2014…
On the 21st March 2015, Sir Temi Żammit Hall within the University of Malta will be playing host to the 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a renowned local music competition, which not only promotes Maltese as a main language, but delves into the social theme element, hoping to raise awareness about several wordly topics. During the years, the competition has been known to kickstart the careers of many performers, and as a result, escflashmalta.com has decided to speak to 3 vocalists, who went onto reach the live stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest following their victory in L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Next up is Corazon, a singer/songwriter, and 5-time participant in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, winning on 3 occasions, in 2007 with "Hawn Jien", in 2009 with "Tal-Aħħar" and in 2010 with "Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla". 10 years ago, at the beginning of your career in music, the results in music competitions were not…

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