Malta: Results of the 'Għanja tal-Poplu 2012'Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Over the years, there have been a number of competitions on behalf of the arts especially when it comes to promoting the national language of the country being Maltese. Unfortunately, lately there has been a drought in such events with only the Għanja tal-Poplu and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza keeping to their name of promoting the language. The former was actually organized last Saturday at the Sir Temi Żammit Hall within the University of Malta. This was the thirty sixth edition of the esteemed competition and it was hosted by none other than multiple winner Corazon and veteran presenter Alfred Zammit. The event will be shown on ONE Television next Saturday but in the meantime, we can let you know the results of the evening nevertheless.
The evening was a whirlwind of excitement actually featuring some of the best singer/songwriters in the Maltese Islands. The festival went forward without any glitches from start to finish including the opening act featuring the last winner, Corazon with the song Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla and the intervals which included none other than British singer/songwriter Sarah Class who has worked with the likes of Soprano; Hayley Westenra, Eurovision Song Contest Winner; Eimear Quinn and also wrote tracks for the soundtrack of the Harry Potter movies.
The excitement during the guest performances was surely gearing up and the judges which included the likes of literary scholars such as Manwel & Immanuel Mifsud as well as musicians such as Paul Abela and Joe Tanti made some interesting decisions. One could easily note that the tracks were the best that have been presented in recent years as the awards were divided equally amongst a number of musicians.
- Best New Talent: Isma' Bilfors - Mistura (Antonio Olivari)
- Best Singer/Songwriter - Drinu Camilleri for Bâħħar
- Best Social Theme: Kwadru Jew Tond - Rita Pace (Rita Pace)
- Best Interpretation Award: Mhux Illum - Maria Debono (Rita Pace / Mark Laurence Zammit)
- Third Place: Bâħħar - Kantilena (Drinu Camilleri)
- Second Place: Tal-Komma Twila - Grecia Bezzina (Dario Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
- First Place: Malta Tiegħi - KulTural (KulTural)
Congratulations to all of the winners of the awards on Saturday evening but also to the other competitors. The Editorial team would like to send their special wishes to two of the acts during the evening, Clive Muscat who performed the song Umani written by Paul Attard and Anthony Camilleri as well as Grecia Bezzina whose song Tal-Komma Twila was written by Dario Bezzina and Emil Calleja Bayliss. Both have connections to escflashmalta.com and thus we are proud of their performances and slightly prouder of the latter for finishing in the first runner-up position. It is an achievement which will surely be highlighted by more in the years to come.
Source: escflashmalta, Għanja Fest