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A Blast from the Past

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Going back a couple of years, a local would surely remember the annually held Għanja tal-Poplu festival which was a showcase of local talent within the Maltese language as previewed in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. For a number of years, the songs submitted into the festival were of a very high quality and despite the fact that the show deteriorated over the years, the people who are winning still represent a lot of musical quality.

The Għanja tal-Poplu showcase was first held back in 1973 and went on to take place every year till 1987 with a few years in limbo before making another return in 1990, a year off and then a comeback. Within the 90's the entries that won the festival were very strong and that is why escflashmalta.com would like to commend the organising committee back then. In recent years though, the festival was taken up by a different organisation and that is why a number of regulations were changed in order to satisfy singer/songwriters in an aim to bring back personal talent back to the show. For rules and regulations of the 2014 edition, please click here.

1973: Il Ward (Charles Casha)

1974: Ir-Raħal Tiegħi - Manwel Mifsud (Manwel Mifsud)

1975: Għanja lil-Libertà - Manwel Mifsud (Manwel Mifsud)

1976: Jgħid il-Bidwi (Manwel Mifsud)

1977: Ħondoq ir-Rummien (George Cassola)

1978: Il-Ġid taż-Żmien (George Cassola)

1979: Ġuvni - Walter Micallef (Walter Micallef)

1980: Noli (Mario Debono)

1981: Mineral Astratt (Manwel Scicluna)

1982: Sqallija (Joe Morana)

1983: April - Manwel Mifsud (Manwel Mifsud)

1984: Carmelina - Manwel Mifsud (Manwel Mifsud)

1985: Niftakar fil-Bieraħ (Julie Brincat)

1986: Il-Pappa (Joe Tanti)

1987: Aħna l-Maltin (Joe Tanti)

1990: Inti (Manwel Mifsud)

1992: Iż-Żmien - Walter Micallef (Walter Micallef)

1993: Il-Ħolma tal-Għaqda (P Mizzi / Fr S Vella / P Buhagiar)

1994: In-Nofshinar - Walter Micallef (Walter Micallef)

1995: Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws - John Bundy (Martin Attard)

1996: Allerġija għall-Bnedmin (Rene Mamo)

1997: It-Tijatru - Enzo Gusman (Enzo Gusman)

1998: Kemm Jien Beżżul - Philip Vella (Joe M Farrugia / Philip Vella)

1999: Il-Karakka (Mario Fenech Caruana / Philip Vella)

2000: It-Tfal tal-lum - Glen Vella u Eleanor Cassar (Paul Ellul / Chan Vella)

2001: Tisimgħu Tissaħħar - Il-Budaj u Priscilla Psaila (Frans Baldacchino / Priscilla Psaila)

2002: Fil-Każ Grazzi - Philip Vella (Joe M Farrugia / Philip Vella)

2003: Sebgħat Ilwien - Julie u Ludwig (Anabel Spiteri / Felicienne Fenech Caruana)

2004: Wellidni - Ina Robinich (Deo Grech / Dominic Cini)

2005: Żewġ Qagħqiet - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali)

2006: Kyrie Eleison - Janvil (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

2007: Hawn Jien - Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)

2008: L-Uffiċċju - Brikkuni (Mario Vella / Brikkuni)

2009: Tal-Aħħar - Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)

2010: Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla - Corazon u l-Ħbieb tal-Qalb (Corazon Mizzi u l-Ħbieb tal-Qalb)

2012: Malta Tiegħi - KulTural (KulTural)

2013: Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas)

2014: Jien Ma Naħdimx - Karen DeBattista (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace)

Source: Ghanja Fest

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